9-11 Memorial Ride
Memorial Service at 5pm
Ride kicks off at 6pm
9-11 Memorial Ride Press Release 2023
The 22nd Annual 9-11 Memorial Ride will once again wind its way through Lycoming County on Monday 9/11/23. The route will remain the same as it has been for many of those years. “Our parade will take thousands of motorcycles through Williamsport and surrounding communities and in effect through small town America”, said 9-11 Coalition Vice President Gary Smith. “One of the secrets to the tremendous curbside support that we have seen over the years is being on that familiar route” he added.
With the motto “Never Forget”, the ride is a rolling memorial to those that lost their lives that terrible day and to the fallen in the war on terror. “We also take the opportunity to honor the first responders and veterans in our communities”, said Tank Baird President of the Coalition “These brave men and women have committed their lives to keeping us safe and should be recognized for the sacrifices they have made”.
The first motorcycle ride was held just four days after the attack. It was an angry and emotional protest to the events of 9/11/2001 but by the first anniversary it had morphed into the memorial that takes place today.
County Sheriff Mark Lusk and the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Department will escort the ride with many fire and police units providing traffic control along the entire 42-mile route. The crowds on the streets and country lanes have been estimated at 20,000 people with many showing their support by waving American flags and holding signs. “It’s an emotional experience. You sometimes think that patriotism is not what it used to be, but this ride can restore some of your faith in America and its people. It’s very emotional”, said Chief Todd Winder of The Clinton Township Fire Department.
The 9-11 Memorial Ride starts and ends at the Clinton Township Fire Station on Route 54 Montgomery PA 17752. Gates open at 10:00 AM. There will be vendors and food available. A Blessing of the Bikes with Rev. Bill Stankiewicz is at 3:00 PM. The memorial service begins at 5:00 PM with guest speaker Major General John Gronski United States Army Retired with 40 years of service. The ride begins promptly at 6:00 PM.
Riders and non-riders are invited to the fire company grounds for the memorial service and all activities. Car parking will be available on site or show support at any number of places along the parade route. The parade map and information are on Facebook or at our website at 911memorialcoalition.org. Phone calls are at 570-244-6153. The ride is free, but donations are appreciated. Please join us afterwards for fellowship with music provided by “Pepper Street”.