16th Annual Rally for Troops held at Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial

CLEVELAND -- Over 1,000 motorcycles rode through downtown Cleveland in support of the Rally for Troops organization.

It's the 16th year for the event, held at the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial, also known as the the Foundation of Eternal Life on Saint Clair Avenue.

Many of the motorcyclists who rode downtown are veterans and belong to different veterans organizations around Northeast Ohio, a news release said.

Following the ride, hundreds of participants gathered at the Memorial at 11 a.m., where several speakers shared their stories and engaged in a moment of silence for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

After the speakers were finished, the names of the "Two Hundred and Eighty-One Names" were read to honor the fallen Ohio heroes who died while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.