CLINTON TOWNSHIP, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The largest 9/11 memorial bike ride hit the streets of Central Pennsylvania Monday. Thousands of riders take part in the remembrance.
Bikers lined up for the ride starting at 9:00 am. Ever since devastation struck, the 9/11 Memorial Bike Coalition has been riding to keep honoring those who were lost on that day.
On a bright day like Monday, the red, white, and blue shine even brighter. Nearly 10,000 came to Clinton Township near Montgomery to ride 42 miles.
“To show my dedication to my country and to this ride,” says Don Braund, one of the riders. “I heard there is more bikes than you can count down here by the end of the day.”
This is Braund’s first time riding in honor of those lost 16 years ago. The rides starting just days after the attacks with the coalition officially forming eight years ago.
“It was basically a protest ride,” says Gary Smith of the coalition. “Bikers got together to just basically say we are going to ride regardless.”
“I think this is small town America and they want to remember their patriots,” says Tank Baird, president of the coalition.
20,000 to 25,000 people are estimated to pay their respects along the route. Bikers, veterans, and everyone else showing togetherness as we remember 9/11.
“The camaraderie of our nation bringing our nation together,” says Braund.
Earlier in the day there was a remembrance ceremony for those who lost their lives on 9/11. The bikers will take off around 6:00 pm.
The bike ride takes more than an honor. Many of the streets in the area will be closed.