Aaron's Freedom Ride 2011 Commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9/11

August 18,2011

September 11th, 2001 marked the worst attack on our nations homeland. Everyone can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing as they saw the tragedy unfold in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

On that day, one Atlanta firefighter was working the first shift at Fire Station 21. He recalls his profound sense of loss for not only his fellow firefighters but for all of the lives lost and the surviving families whose lives would be forever changed. Eight years later, while working the same shift in the same firehouse, the idea to bike from Atlanta to New York City was conceived in an attempt to commemorate the lives of the firefighters and first responders who died that day.

What started out as a simple journey by two firemen on their bicycles - equipped with only their backpacks - quickly swelled into a brigade of more than 20 passionate “Freedom Riders," a well-organized operation that will be participating in the 2011 Aaron's Freedom Ride.

On August 26, 2011 the Freedom Riders will depart from Downtown Atlanta on their thousand-mile journey to New York City in time for the 10th anniversary ceremony at the cite of the World Trade Center.

Help these men as they journey across the country to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and the courageous survivors. The kickoff will be at the courtyard at Peachtree Center Mall at 9:30 a.m. Complimentary Chick-Fil-A and Caribou Coffee will be available (while supplies last) and live music will help cheer on the riders!  

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