25 Apr 2008
Edited by Carly Zander
HACKENSACK, N.J., April 25 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Over 2,000 motorcycles
are expected to roll past New York’s “Ground Zero” on Saturday, May
10, as they participate in the “Freedom Run” motorcycle rally and
festival. Riding side-by-side, the motorcycles are anticipated to stretch for
five miles and will pay tribute to the 9/11 first responders of the FealGood
Foundation who are now gravely ill as a result of their service at the site
of the World Trade Center collapse.
Caption: FealGood Foundation”I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love
from the motorcycle community. We are grateful for the support of Bergen Harley-Davidson,
and pledge that every dollar raised will help give dignity to a 9/11 responder
who has been forgotten by their government,” says John Feal, president
and founder of the FealGood Foundation. The nonprofit organization advocates
and raises money for the 40,000 who came from all over America and the world
to do search, recovery and clean up at Ground Zero, 70 percent of whom are now
sick or have died.
Leading the motorcycles will be NYFD Engine #343, named in honor of the 343
NYC firefighters who perished in the attacks, which will be ridden my numerous
rescue workers and first responders. The run will depart from the Hackensack
Court House, 10 Main Street, at 11:00 a.m., and travel across the George Washington
Bridge before passing the Ground Zero.
At the site, motorcyclists will pay homage to a police and fire department
color guard before proceeding through the Holland Tunnel and out to Liberty
Island. The pack arrive at Liberty State Park at roughly 1:30 and take part
in a festival of food, live music by The Rolling Bones, motorcycle high wire
thrill show, fly-over by the War Birds historic military aircraft, and more.
“This is an unprecedented event here in the New York and New Jersey area,”
says Liz DiGennaro of Bergen Harley-Davidson-Buell, sponsor of the event. “We
hope it will bring attention to the real American heroes who spent days and
months sifting through the rubble of the burning buildings looking for survivors
and bringing dignity to those who perished.”
The police-escorted run and festival are free and all models of bikes are welcome.
For more information or to register call 201-843-6930 or visit www.FealGoodFoundation.com.
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