Patriot Guard Riders Host Sept. 11 Remembrance Ride

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

Dozens of bikers rode down highway 84 this morning.
Their bikes were decorated with American flags in remembrance of the first responders who lost their lives in the September 11th terror attacks.

Anyone who is older than 17-years-old probably remembers exactly where they were 12 years ago this morning when our lives in America were changed forever.

"I was in South Carolina working a construction job I had gotten out of the military just before we took the rest of the day off and we heard about it on the news and it's something we will never forget," said Todd Thomas, Patriot Guard Rider.

"My grandma had died on September the 9th, I was planning my grandmother funnel and ordering her flowers when I turned the tv on and saw the towers fall as I was talking to the florist ordering flowers," said Senator HarriAnne Smith.

"I was a sergeant with the Dothan Police Department, I was getting that morning to go to the range I was a firearms instructor I was getting ready to do some classes that day and I was watching the news that morning sat there and watched it in awe," said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

"It is an honor today to be asked by the Patriot Guard to be here our EMTs or fire fighters our police officers they are the front line of defense for our communities and they do a great job and it is such an honor today to say thank you to them," said Senator Smith.

"I'm grateful that we live in a community that remembers September 11th 2001 and all the sacrifices that all our first responders make," said Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz.

"It is a tragedy that we will not forget and we have kept it in the front of our minds remembering what happened and hopefully our leadership all the way to the president will never let this happen again if at all possible," said Thomas.

On September 11, 2001, 343 firefighters gave their lives.

In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001 the Patriot Guard Riders hosted a remembrance ride for area first responders.

The ride began at 9 a.m. at Porter Square Mall and ended with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

WTVY attended the ride on Wednesday morning. Tune in to News 4 tonight and WRGX at 5:30 p.m. for a full report.

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