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Firehogs  M/C leave from Los Angeles for The 10-Year Anniversary of 9/11 in New York City

            On August 25th, 2011 about 30 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department left the West Coast for a cross-country trip east to New York to pay tribute to their fallen brothers of the FDNY. Along the way various "clans" from other fire departments met up with this group and through blistering heat and tropical storms kept moving east.
            The ever-increasing group of "clans" first planned stop was in Washington DC to visit the Pentagon Memorial and pay their respects. Then 420 miles to Shanksville in Western Pennsylvania, the spot where 40 innocent people sacrificed their lives aboard United Airlines flight 93. Arriving at their hotel in New York City on September 10th was a welcome site.
            On September 11th, 2011 Charter buses carried all members to Riverside Park for the official FDNY Memorial Ceremony. This event included the reading of the names of the 343 members lost. They were also bused to a ceremony at the FDNY Fireman's Museum for dedications and a stop at 10 House Still Standing and finally the ceremony at Ground Zero with the FDNY pipes and drum ceremony.
            All the members needed a safe place to store their motorcycles during their stay in New York. That is when Tom Nelson from Rolling Thunder Cycles was contacted by local Fire Riders members for suggestions. A few phone calls later, he had found the perfect storage facility, capable of holding all the bikes, indoors and safe.

          The full details of the cross-country ride were written up in the June 2012 issue of In The Wind  magazine number 149.  All Gave Some, Some Gave all. God Bless America.

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