Bicyclists Converge on D.C. to Honor Fallen Officers

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    WASHINGTON - MAY 15: Memphis, Tennessee, Police Officer Nick Koonce makes a pencil rubbing from the memorial wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial May 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Koonce made a rubbing of the name of Officer John Sykes, Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in 1982. Koonce did not know Sykes but said "It was his story I took to my heart every day when I was on the street." Thousands of law enforcement officers from around the country and around the world came to Washington for the 21st annual National Police Week, a convention organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nick Koonce

    Some 1,800 law enforcement officers and supporters are riding bikes to a rendezvous at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington today.

    Spokesman Steve Groeninger says they're participants in the Police Unity Tour, bike rides that started an average of more than 300 miles away along "seven different spokes from points in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.''

    Groeninger says thousands of friends, family and colleagues will be waiting to cheer them on and welcome them at the end of their journey. Each rider will pedal through the "Pathways of Remembrance'' that flank the memorial's walls.

    It's part of National Police Week, which includes a candlelight vigil at the memorial tomorrow night. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among the speakers who will dedicate the names of 286 officers added to the memorial this year.