America’s 9/11 Ride will roll through Leesburg once again on Friday, Aug. 16.
Motorcycle riders will be on their way from the Shanksville, PA crash site of Flight 93 to the Pentagon, and from there on to the World Trade Center. And once again, the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company will have ladder trucks set up on Rt. 15 by Ida Lee Park hanging the American flag for the riders to pass under. America’s 9/11 Foundation, the event organizers, are asking locals to once again come out, wave American flags, and show their support. The riders are expected to pass through Leesburg from approximately 1:15-1:40 p.m.
The nonprofit foundation was organized in response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 to support first responders. In addition to leading hundreds or thousands of riders on a memorial ride each year, the foundations raises funds that go toward scholarships for the families of active duty fire, EMS and police.
Over the past 15 years, the foundation has given out more than $420,000 in scholarships to children of first responders. The foundation also donates to other local and national first responders organizations.
Leesburg is the foundation’s hometown, and Ted Sjurseth, who organizes the ride, lives in Lucketts. His customized tribute Harley-Davidson motorcycle is currently on display at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, NY.
More information can be found online at www.americas911foundation.org or by called 703-771-0118.