Our first ride was held Thursday, September 11,
2003 on the same runway that Flight # 77 used during its last departure. In
less than two weeks we organized an event that people are still talking
about. Over 300 motorcycles joined us that glorious day.
In 2005, due to security concerns, we were not able to ride on the airport runway; in lieu of, we took the ride to Dulles International Airport in front of the Main Terminal Departure Ramp, and then on down to the Pentagon where a short ceremony took place, all under the expert escort from several local jurisdictions' police departments, including Airport Security, Virginia State Police, Arlington County, and Pentagon Security. Approximately 1,250 motorcycles participated.
In 2006, 2007 and 2012,
the event took place on the Sunday preceding September 11. In 2008, 2009 and 2010,
the event took place on the Sunday after September 11. Due to security
reasons, once again we were not permitted to ride on the airport
runway; however, in lieu of, we staged in an outdoor area at the rear of
Air and Space Museum - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
for our opening ceremonies. In 2008, closing ceremonies were
conducted in the North Parking Lot at the Pentagon off of Boundary Channel
Drive. Police motor squads escorted our ride from the National
Air and Space Museum to the Pentagon. Approximately 1,000 motorcycles participated
each of these past years. In 2011, the event took place on Sunday,
September 11, 2011 (the 10th anniversary date) and about
1,200 motorcycles participated.
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