On Thursday September 8, 2011, forty five motorcyclist's with passenger's will leave South East Harley Davidson in Bedford Heights at 10:00 AM on a journey that will take them over twelve hundred fifty miles to Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania, Ground Zero in New York City on Saturday September 10th and Pentagon in Washington DC on Sunday September 11th.. The group includes firefighters, police, former military and many others from North East Ohio from Elyria to Eastlake.
Ride organizer, John "KIKS" Kikol, has been organizing motorcycle events in North East Ohio for the past nine years to honor our Fallen Heroes and their families from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan Enduring Freedom. Mr. Kikol has also organized the Firefighters Memorial Ride and Cops Ride to honor fallen firefighter's and police officers. Included in the 2996 Americans that lost their lives on September 11, 2001 were 343 firefighters and 72 police/port authority officers, which was the largest lost of lives for both professions.
Although the weather forecast is not encouraging it will not deter the motorcyclists from completing their journey as they honor the memory of not only the 2996 Americans but also over six thousand two hundred Fallen Heroes, that gave their lives for our future freedoms.