Three Thousand Harleys and One Kindness Bicycle

September 10th, 2012

9-10-12In early July, I pulled up to a man on a Harley-Davidson who was waiting at a red light. I think the vast majority of Harley riders are big supporters of Wounded Warriors. At the end of our red light conversation he said you ought to ride with us to Ground Zero at midnight on the eve of 9/11. I forgot about this conversation until this morning when another man on a Harley  pulled over to the curb while I was taking a break. He and I talked for a while about The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes. He told me it would be awesome for me to ride to Ground Zero with the motorcycles tonight. So I called  Harley-Davidson of New York City and got the go-ahead. Riders from all over the New York and surrounding states showed up for this 10th annual solemn ride to honor the memory of those lost and the heroic efforts of others on September 11, 2001.
The ride began in Queens and ended at the Freedom Tower some 8 miles later. The ride was incredible, as we rode past crowds of late night revelers cheering us on.
The ceremony of laying a wreath and playing of bagpipes brought this crowd to silence to honor the lives lost eleven years ago. It was a memory I will hold in my heart.

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