Bike parade honors the victims of the Lockheed Martin shooting

Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 10:20 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - For 13 years, family and friends continue to pay tribute to the fallen Lockheed Martin victims.

Each year, bikers in the area come out for the annual motorcycle ride in honor of those who lost their lives in the 2003 Lockheed Martin shooting. The Queen City Cruisers led the group from Lockheed Martin to the Forest Lawn Cemetery.

“Stacey Miller has done an outstanding job throughout the years. We are so excited. This is what Meridian needs to help bring our community together,” said participant Leslie Payne.

Organizers said the bike parade started 8 years ago when Stacey Miller’s brother-in-law came up with the new idea to honor Rev. Charles J. Miller.

“My husband Michael Logan suggested that we do this. My dad always loved motorcycles even though he never rode one. He always loved them. This something that my husband came up with to honor my father,” said Charles J. Miller’s daughter, Senora Miller Logan.

4 different bike clubs all came together as one to pay their respects to the family of Rev. Charles miller. For some bikers, this event is more meaningful to them than others.

“It’s important to me because I’m a man of god first. That’s what’s it’s about for me reconciliation. That was a tragic thing that happened years ago but think the lord that we are here today,” said rider Patrick Martin.

The Miller Family said the bike ride serves as a reminder that this community can overcome any tragedy. “I believe it is time for us to unite together to fight injustice, to fight the wrong, and to love one another. That is the great commission of us all to love one another,” said Logan.

While combating COVID-19, organizers said this year’s Reconciliation Week was a success.

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