Observing the service and lasting legacy of the late James Anderson, who was a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, is the focal point for the 10th Annual “Ride to Remember.” The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. ET.
The event will begin in the parking lot of Smiths Station Junior High School at 1100 Lee Road 298. The ride will conclude at James Anderson’s grave site at Garden Hill Cemetery in Opelika. The cemetery address is 1218 Frederick Road in Opelika. A wreath will be placed where Deputy James Anderson has been laid to rest.
Anderson was struck and killed during a routine traffic stop in Smiths Station on Sept. 24, 2009.
Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies Javier Bermudez and Adalberto Rosa, both colleagues and friends of Anderson’s, organized the first ride in 2010 as a way to pay tribute to their fallen comrade.
“James was our friend, and we organized this event so we could honor him as a person,” Deputy Rosa said. “He loved riding his motorcycle, so Deputy Bermudez and I figured an annual weekend motorcycle run was a proper way to both humanize him and also to involve the motorcycle community in his honor. And not just the motorcycle community. We encourage anyone and everyone to participate in the event. We have a lot of fun doing this every year.”
It’s definitely worth noting that attendance for the motorcycle run has increased every year since it started ten years ago.
Anderson had been a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department for three years when the tragedy took place. He is survived by his wife and son.
The event is free with no registration or sign up required, and all vehicles are invited to ride. Everyone is welcome to come and give tribute to Deputy James Anderson, a man who gave his life in the line of duty.