America’s 9/11 Ride rolled through Leesburg on Friday, Aug. 16. Motorcycle riders were on their way from the Shanksville, PA, crash site of Flight 93 to the Pentagon. From there, they will head to the World Trade Center.
And once again, they were greeted by Loudouners cheering and waving flags, and the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company’s ladder trucks set up on North King Street by Ida Lee Park hanging the American flag for the riders to pass under.
The nonprofit America’s 9/11 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 americas911foundation.org or by called 703-771-0118.