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America Supports You: Bikers Ride in Support of First Responders
American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley

Posted on 08/17/2006 5:45:13 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2006 -- America’s 9/11 Foundation is getting ready to hit the road again with its annual America’s 9/11 Ride in support of the nation’s first responders, the foundation’s promotions manager and media contact said.

“This is the fifth anniversary of the (Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks), but it is actually our 6th ride,” Roger Flick said of the two-day event that begins tomorrow. “The first (ride) left eight weeks after the attacks from in front of the White House, and we left on Veterans Day.”

The motorcycle rides started because America’s 9/11 Foundation, Inc. founders, Ted Sjurseth and his wife, Lisa, were looking to help boost New York City’s devastated economy, Flick said. During their brief stay at the conclusion of the first ride, the 250 participants managed to infuse $50,000 into New York City’s economy, according to the foundation’s Web site.

Now the ride always takes place the third week in August. This allows the foundation, a Virginia-based nonprofit, to avoid conflict with the many observances in New York that take place closer to the actual anniversary of the attacks, Flick said.

While that first ride left with about 250 bikes, including two ridden by former Sen. Ben Campbell of Colorado, and Vice Adm. Michael Cowen, former surgeon general of the Navy, about 700 bikes are registered this year, Flick said.

Tomorrow morning, 83 uniformed motorcycle officers will escort the riders along their route beginning in Somerset, Pa., he said. The ride will visit all three Sept. 11 crash sites.

“We’re starting … where Flight 93 went down,” Flick said. “Then we go to the Pentagon (and) ride past the crash site.”

The ride concludes Aug. 19 at about 5 p.m. in New York with a ceremony thanking everyone who participated in the ride. During the ceremony, a motorcycle will be raffled to one of the law enforcement departments represented by one of the uniformed officers, Flick said.

Also part of that ceremony is the raffling of a custom “chopper.” This is the third such raffle that will benefit the foundation’s college scholarship fund.

“Our foundation supports fire, police and EMS personnel,” he said. “The proceeds that we get from the raffled bikes and some of the other things that we do go toward our college scholarship fund.”

The foundation’s scholarship fund is available to family members of active or disabled first-responders, Flick said. “This year, we’ll be giving away nine $2,000 scholarships,” he said.

This year’s chopper incorporates symbols that represent different elements of the three sites of the terrorist attacks, Flick said. For example, the oil tank is in the shape of the Pentagon, and embedded in the rear fender is a keystone insignia, representing Pennsylvania. The twin towers are represented on the front fender.

The group will wrap up the weekend trip with a visit to Ground Zero early Aug. 20, according to the foundation’s Web site.

Related Sites:
America’s 9/11 Ride
America’s 9/11 Foundation Inc.
America Supports You

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: america; americasupportsyou; bikersride; first; responders; support; supportourtroops

1 posted on 08/17/2006 5:45:14 PM PDT by SandRat
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First Responders; Brother's to the Military.

Bravery behind the Badge.

To protect and save those on the homefront

2 posted on 08/17/2006 5:47:24 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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7 posted on 08/17/2006 7:14:17 PM PDT by deport
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A good cause for good guys!

8 posted on 08/18/2006 10:24:59 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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Racine County (Wisconsin) News Briefs
From the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Aug. 12, 2006
Motorcycle riders to head to Sept. 11 events

Racine - A group organizing a motorcycle ride to the Flight 93 crash site is looking for riders to join the trip.

The southeastern Wisconsin chapter of the American Firefighters M/C will ride to New York with a stop in Pennsylvania as part of the fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Ride.

The ride is being hosted by the American Firefighters Motorcycle Club and the Chicago Firefighters Union IAFF Local No. 2.

The group plans to gather at Meyers Racine Monument Works, 3120 Kinzie Ave., at 4 p.m. Sept. 5.

The Mount Pleasant Fire Department will escort the riders out of the county.

The first stop will be in Chicago. There, the riders will join a larger group planning to be at the Flight 93 memorial on Sept. 7 and in New York for a memorial service on Sept. 11 at ground zero.

For more information, call Tim St. Amand at (262) 930-5894.
9 posted on 08/18/2006 8:05:54 PM PDT by BraveMan
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