In honor of the victims, survivors and first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, thousands of motorcycles from around the country rolled into the nation’s capital on Thursday as part of the second annual 2 Million Bikers to DC ride. Bikers gathered in several suburban spots early that morning, then rolled into the District from multiple directions, creating a roar heard for miles.
Later that afternoon, participants held a free-to-all rally in remembrance of those lost and support of America’s first responders, rescuers and military.
Among the participants who spoke with area media were Tom Secor, a Vietnam veteran who rode his Honda from Wisconsin and noted “the honor of being part of this group and being just one of thousands of riders that will be here that are honoring those that are no longer with us.”
“I skipped chemo to be here today,” said supporter Amy White. “I’m dying of lupus, but I’ll rock and roll until I can’t go no more.”
Red, white and blue was everywhere and each motorcyclist donned a name tag displaying the name of at least one person who lost his or her life on 9/11. Nearly 3,000 people died that day, as al-Qaeda terrorists carried out a series of four coordinated attacks on the US in New York City and the DC metropolitan area. At least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage occurred, including the total loss of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the headquarter of the US Department of Defense.
E3 Spark Plugs joins participants of the 2 Million Bikers to DC and others in honor of all those who lost their lives, lost loved one or served in the 9/11 rescue, recovery and rebuilding efforts.