Thousands of motorcyclists rode into the Washington, DC area today to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Participants started the ride last night at the site of the memorial for the victims of United Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Shanksville, PA. The riders will gather this evening at the Pentagon for a ceremony for those killed there on 9/11, and later country music star Aaron Tippin will perform.
The riders will travel to New York on Saturday, and the following day will take part in a World Trade Center ceremony honoring victims of the attacks there, which includes deaths from respiratory disease linked to the towers’ collapse.
The group America's 9/11 Foundation organized the event and this year they estimate over 2,500 riders are taking part.
The ride is a fundraiser for first-responders and their families. Organizers say that over the past six years, the foundation has awarded more than $180,000 in college scholarships to more than 75 children of emergency responders, and donated more than $500,000 to first-responder departments in cash and equipment.
The entire group is expected to stretch up to 15 miles when on the road.