- July 15, 2020
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 18 years since our country was changed forever. Eighteen years since almost 3,000 people lost their lives to a terror attack that changed the landscape of the United States forever. One of the bright spots that emerged from that fateful day was the 9/11 Memorial Ride. It began
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 18 years since our country was changed forever. Eighteen years since almost 3,000 people lost their lives to a terror attack that changed the landscape of the United States forever.
One of the bright spots that emerged from that fateful day was the 9/11 Memorial Ride.
It began just four days after the attacks and started with just 80 or so riders. It has grown exponentially since then, with thousands of riders joining together each year to remember those who lost their lives and celebrate the freedoms we often take for granted.
Father John was one of the riders that first year, and even after he could no longer ride, he participated every year.
He did more than that also. He also spent time at Ground Zero, helping where he could.
This year’s ride is being dedicated to Father John, and I’ll go ahead and speak for my family when I say we are so happy that his memory will continue to be honored in the ride.
The 9/11 Memorial Coalition also purchased “Fred,” Father John’s beloved Harley. Fred will be on display and then trailered and towed for the ride this year. Father John would love to know that even though he can’t make the ride, his Fred will still be making the trek.
While Little League baseball may be Williamsport’s and Lycoming County’s calling card, we should also be so proud of what the 9/11 Memorial Ride has developed into over the years.
Thousands and thousands of bikes and riders come out every year to participate, making it the largest ride of its kind in the country. And that’s not even including the innumerable number of people who line the streets to watch the ride.
I’ll tell you, seeing the people on streets and sidewalks, waving flags. The churches that ring their bells as the ride passes. The bikes and riders decked out in red, white and blue — it’s a sight to behold for sure.
The patriotism displayed during the 9/11 Memorial Ride is unmatched.
The work that Tank Baird and the crew at the Clinton Township Fire Company put in each year should not go underappreciated. I can’t imagine the work and planning that goes into the ride.
The logistics alone are mind-boggling, and keeping that many riders safe and organized is a feat of epic proportions.
To all the riders this year, please be safe. And thank you for joining this ride to remember.
To those lining the streets and sidewalks, please be safe. And thank you for supporting the riders and remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11.
To everyone else in the area, please be safe. Check out Lou’s story on page 6 and the ride map. Plan your activities today accordingly, and give yourself extra time to get where you need to be.
The ride is going to tie up traffic. If you are traveling near the ride, it’s going to take you a while to get through streets and traffic. Be patient. There is no better cause to have to wait for.
Thank you again to everyone who rides, to Tank and his crew in Clinton Township and anyone else who participates in, or volunteers for, the ride. Your work and effort are appreciated, and I know that Father John will still be with you to bless the ride — just from a little further up this year.