9-11 Memorial Ride expects record numbers
Get ready, for once again the patriotic 9-11 motorcycle memorial ride event is expected to bring in record numbers announced Thomas ‘Tank’ Baird co-founder with Don Miller, and one of the main organizers. “Our commitment is to bring the awareness of what happened ten years ago on this exact anniversary,” he announced.
Since the event is on a Sunday, this year the coalition is definitely expecting many more registrations, especially if the weather holds out. The public is invited to a memorial service which will start at 3 p.m. in front of the Montgomery Fire Hall on Route 54 in Clinton Township. Registrations will open at 8 a.m. and breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. There will also be vendors and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day during the registrations, and the ride will begin shortly after the service around 3:30 p.m.
More information and a map route are available on www.ctvfc.com. This has been consistently the largest memorial ride throughout the country according to Baird representing a cross section of veterans, clergy and community leaders. The impact is quite visual adding to the roar of over 4,000 motorcycles coming through the area to remind citizens of what happened that day.
Along with local fire departments and police, this year the National Guard will be on hand to assist with permits and controlling traffic patterns to the 37 mile loop. “It has been a huge amount of work for everyone involved. It is a year round endeavor.” Baird said. “Some intersections will be blocked along the way to keep things rollin’ at a steady pace.”
T-shirts, hats and patches will be on sale to wear for riders and spectators. Registration forms can be downloaded and completed at 911memorialcoalition.org and brought to the event. There is no fee for the ride, but donations will be accepted. The event will be held, rain or shine.
“Ten years ago causes a lot of consciousness about the day. After ten years it is a time to reflect back to what really happened,” said Baird. The public should also be aware of some traffic delays during the memorial event.