I have had the privilege over the last number of years to get to know many of the members of Blue Knights NC II based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2009 I began sponsoring the Blue Knights NC II Officer Down Memorial Ride. The 13th Annual Blue Knights NC II Officer Down Memorial Ride takes place on Saturday, June 16, 2018, beginning at Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson in Raleigh. Proceeds from this great ride benefit local families of area law enforcement officers. Over the last few years I have also sponsored the Officer Down Ride in Wilmington, North Carolina organized by Blue Knights NC – 17, as well as the Officer Down Ride in Greenville, North Carolina organized by Blue Knights NC – 8. These North Carolina chapters of the Blue Nights are part of the Mason Dixon Conference of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
According to the website of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, they are a “Non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles.” The website for the Blue Knights NC II Chapter in Raleigh has a great description of their mission:
Our primary activity is getting together and riding our motorcycles – through that love of riding we have several rides each year to raise money for local charities and scholarships. We also travel to other chapters’ rides to support our Blue Knight brothers and their fundraising efforts.
The Blue Knights is a family fraternity. Spouses and children often accompany our members to the various rides and functions. While traveling, local members can provide assistance, directions, and sometimes a place to stay. We are truly a family. Among the Blue Knight members, “there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met.”
Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club is divided into 11 conferences, and those conferences include chapters not only the United States, but also in Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. According to the Blue Knights Mason Dixon Conference website, there are 650 Chapters worldwide and 19600+ members in 29 countries. Twenty of these chapters are located in North Carolina and you can find them as far east as the coast (Wilmington and Morehead City have chapters), and as far west as Morganton and Lenoir. If you are an active or retired law enforcement officer who enjoys riding motorcycle riding, I urge you to check out your local chapter. Click on this page to find out more about the Mason Dixon Conference of the Blue Knights, and you will be able to find a North Carolina Chapter near you http://bkmdc.org/
Gary Poole – Motorcycle Accident Lawyer “On the Side of Those Who Ride”