This year’s 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride and Service, which marks the 11 year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy, will begin with registration at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The 67 mile memorial ride – which is being presented by the Palm Coast Chapter of the Knights of the Inferno Firefighters Club and the Port Orange based law firm of Rue & Ziffra – will include food and entertainment, an emotional ceremony, as well as a memorable ride in Flagler County, according to David Sweat, a law partner who will participate in the ride.
“This is one ride I won’t miss as it shows support for the heroes – both volunteers and the men and women who gave their lives on 9/11 – as well as all of the law enforcement, firefighters and other who put their lives on the line every day for our community and our country,” Sweat said.
The free, all day event starts at the Flagler County Governmental Services building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, in Bunnell, and kicks off with a memorial ceremony from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. The invocation will be given by Ronald Melvin, a local management consultant, and music and vocals will be presented by Yvonne Robinson, bagpipers and members of the Palm Coast Fire Department Honor Guard.
Several Flagler County dignitaries will be speaking, including County Commission Chairperson Barb Revels, Sheriff Don Fleming, Fire and Rescue Chief Don Petito, Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle, along with representatives from the Knights of the Inferno Firefighters Club.
Riders will take off at 10:00 a.m. and are expected to arrive at 11:00 a.m. for entertainment at the White Eagle Lounge on U.S. Highway 1, according to Joe Vece, president of the firefighters group. Last year’s memorial run attracted nearly 10,000 people, 7,000 of whom were motorcyclists who paid tribute to our country’s unsung heroes, according to firm president Allan L. Ziffra.
“Each year we look forward to sponsoring this event and this year our firm will have several employees riding to show their support,” Ziffra said.
For more information, call Vece at 386-931-3779, or visit www.memorialrun911.com
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