This memorial was founded by Ohio Abate members and
friends on July 24th 1993...Since then the wall has been
growing...this wall is located in Hopedale, Ohio at the American
Legion. This is very much out in the country and one would
never know this wall exists!!! I stumbled upon the Memorial Wall
back in 2000 by a fellow that I was dating. He took me there...
What I like about this is every Memorial Day instead of the
ones going to the wall in DC, they go there to the Legion and
they own quite a bit of land up on that hillside, not sure how
much, but it's acres. On every Sat morning during that weekend
friends, family and bikers all gather up on the hill at the
Memorial and have a services with a Pastor, for all the fallen
brothers and sisters lost. Attendees can say what they want
about anyone mentioned on the wall, this is very touching, to
say the least. A lot of tears are shed...
For four days, on Memorial Day weekend, all Abate
members & bikers gather for a party, camping, heavy drinking
and rock n roll with venders. There are tents and campers
everywhere, in the coves, and if it rains it turns into a mud bath!
It’s a good ol’ fashioned Abate party, as we are all accustomed
We take time out on Saturday morning to honor our loved
ones, whose names are now engraved in stone /granite forever
or at least for the next 100 yrs. Hundreds attend every year.
Many have never heard of it, until now, as I unveil the secret up
on the hill. It's 100 miles from Cheswick, Pa back in the
woods...plus we like it that way too, keeps the yups out!!!
Partying there reminds me of the partying back in the ‘80s.
Yupp? You mean like this guy. A rider is a rider,
especially when he’s gone. I don’t care what he did for a living
or how much money he had. This memorial is terrific. --
You will find on any given day someone riding up the hill
to spend time at the memorial or perhaps finding it for the first
time. Even though it's a legion property with Abate members, all
are welcome to go in the bar and drink and socialize if they
please. I have never been carded.
Anyone can have a rider’s name engraved on the wall. The
cost is $150.00 or you can get a brick for, I believe 50.00. This
memorial is taking care of on a regular basis by the Abate
members including Diek, whom is in charge of the name
It still touches my heart, and it’s a wonderful way to put a
dear friend in stone for remembrance for a long, long time....I
wanted to do this for my friend, Tracy, instead of wasting my
money on flowers. It will be so nice to take her husband, son,
mother, family members out and dear friends to see her
Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005
Correction: This Memorial was built and is cared for by
the Motorcyclist Memorial Foundation. We are not actually
connected to ABATE of Ohio in any way and are not able to make
that affiliation. Memorial Day weekend is held and sponsored by
the 16 member Board of the MMF with all the profits going to
the Memorial Foundation for scholarships and upkeep of the
If you have any questions, please contact me at this email
address or at 304-374-3368.
Thank you for your support and good intentions.
Board Member, MMF