For us that lived through the events of September 11th, 2001, the images and horror of that day will forever live in our memories. As the first anniversary of September 11th approached, members of the Illinois Blue Knights Motorcycle club decided to have a memorial service to remember and honor the victims of that horrible day. This effort was soon joined by members of the Harley Owners Group of Oak Lawn, and the HOG group of Hall’s Harley in Springfield, and thus the first “Ride to Remember 9/11” took place, with a ceremony being held on the Illinois State Capitol grounds. So began the annual memorial service of RTR 9/11. Through the years other groups joined in the memorial, from first responder organizations/clubs to car clubs, to youth, and civic groups, as well as individuals.
In a few years through generous donations and fundraising efforts, monies were collected and a permanent 9/11 Memorial was placed on the State Capitol Grounds, near the Illinois Firefighters Memorial and the Illinois Police Officer’s Memorial. For the past 19 years, people have gathered at the site to remember and pay tribute to the brave people who lost their lives on that tragic day.
2021 is the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and we ask you to join us in keeping the promise we made to “Never Forget.” This event is free and open to everyone.
Procession assembly begins at Hall’s Harley Davidson, 2301 N. Dirksen Parkway, (Springfield, IL.) at 4 pm. Departs at 5 pm, for the State Capitol Grounds. Memorial ceremony to begin approximately 6 pm.
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Every day, men and women across this state, and country, put on a uniform. They put on a utility belt. And they put on a bulletproof vest. In the current climate of our nation, that is the most essential thing that that man or woman owns. They step out the door and they just don’t know if they will be returning to it at the end of their shift.