Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cyclists Honor Fallen Navy SEAL

CAPT Timothy Holden
Photo courtesy of WUSA
FABB members were among the hundreds of area cyclists who paid their respects to fellow biker and retired Navy SEAL, CAPT Tim Holden, on Friday, 18 December.  At the Holden family‚Äôs invitation, area cyclists joined Holden for his final ride and led the hearse across Memorial Bridge and into Arlington National Cemetery. 

Holden, a US Naval Academy graduate, was a legend in the SEAL community and was the first American to enter Kuwait City during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. A 64-year-old grandfather, who left behind a wife, five daughters, and three grandchildren, Holden also was a passionate cyclist, according to friends who organized the tribute.  

Area bikers escorting the funeral cortege across
Memorial Bridge to Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo by S. Ward
Holden was killed in late August while riding to meet his daughter for coffee. Despite riding properly and with safety gear on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda, he was struck from behind by a drowsy driver who swerved into Holden. The motorist was only charged with negligent driving and paid a fine of just $690, according to news reports

In addition to paying tribute to Holden, ride leaders expressed the hope that the region's  law enforcement and the larger community would get the messages about the dangers of distracted driving and the need for more equitable consequences for motorists who negligently take the life of or injure a cyclist. FABB continues its efforts to work with local leaders and law enforcement to achieve these goals in Fairfax County. 

FABB members were among the estimated
200 to 300 riders at the tribute.
Photo by S. Ward
Ceremony at Arlington
Photo courtesy Washington Post

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