Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial construction to begin July 1

Motorcycle riders

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One by one, hundreds of motorcycle riders took to the streets riding for a cause.

“I’m very impressed I’m amazingly to me all these people coming together to support law enforcement is absolutely incredible,” Robina Brown said.

Among those supporting the memorial was Robina Brown.

She lost her son Daniel Brown Sanchez who was a sheriff deputy during a shooting at Osake Sushi Bar and Lounge in February 2007.

“I think it’s um again as I say their’s some place to go some place to leave a lei. Not only for myself, but for all of his friends and other friends and relatives of other fallen officers. A place to go” Brown said.

The total price tag for the memorial is $700,000 dollars with a third of that money coming from fundraisers and donations.

“The funds are also meant to maintain it and then hopefully later on the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation will create scholarship for those who were left behind,” Mike Oakland said of the Iron Circle Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

It’s taken a while for the project to get going.

The first memorial fundraiser was held three years ago and was supposed to have been finished last month but a lack of funds and permitting issues delayed it.

“Before we started today we were $100,000 dollars short of the completion and the maintenance package. With today’s efforts we should be almost all the way there. We have already been assured that we starting construction within the next 60 days” Dan Ryan, Cycle City general manager said.

The memorial is expected to be completed in November.

So far 64 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.

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