Posts Tagged ‘Shanksville’

This weekend a ride that will live in legend took place. The New York based Fire Family Transport Foundation held a motorcycle ride to escort a cross of 911 steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department who responded to the crash of Flight 93 on that day of infamy. Hundreds of motorcycles gathered at the old Floyd Bennet Airfield in Brooklyn and formed up for the morning launch of their escort duty. At 7am they rode out onto the Belt Parkway and started their long pilgrimage to another place where heroes died that day.

My brother, a member of the Fire Riders, and his friend made that trek and remarked that he never saw anything like the turnout along the way. Every bridge over the Belt Parkway had fire rigs and spectators crowding to catch a glimpse of the cross and to watch the long rumbling stream of bikes as they passed beneath.

When they reached the long sweeping shore of Gravesend Bay leading to the Verrazano Bridge the venerable FDNY Fireboat Firefighter stood to about 1,000 feet offshore with all its water cannons blasting streams of red, white and blue water high into the air. Continue Reading »