ACCORD Community First, a Long Beach non-profit, announces a tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes and first responders on September 11th, 2011. This year marks the10th Anniversary of the nation’s tragedy and the 9th year of the Remember 911 Motorcycle Ride. The Official Ride will wind its way from Cooks Corner in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County; west to the coast; north up Pacific Coast Highway passing through southern California beach communities; and ending at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay Landing in Long Beach. Riders will be met with cheering crowds, families and friends, first responders and patriotic American’s of all types along the route.
Participants are able to register as an Official Rider at http://www.remember911ride.com. Information about making personal donations to the Remember 911 Memorial Fund; details about the days FREE Tribute Concert, Military flyover and Fireworks celebration as they unfold can also be found on the site.
It all started 10 years ago with local Long Beach Fireman Gary Biggerstaff who upon returning from Ground Zero started a west coast tradition by building a memorial of 343 crosses with the names of each of the fallen in his front yard for the public to honor those who perished on 9/11. In the years following, he and a few friends added a solemn motorcycle “Ride of Honor” which has grown to include thousands of volunteers and more than 1700 Riders from all over southern California passing through three counties along the way.
This year partnering with ACCORD, the ride will end in Long Beach at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay Landing and culminate with a dedication ceremony, a special FREE tribute concert, Military fly over and commemorative fireworks display to close the day on the West Coast the evening of 9/11. This year the encore event will mark the first year the Ride will establish a fund that will go to Firefighters and selected Charities in Long Beach, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, so that we may honor the lives of the brave men and women who serve as our first responders. The day’s goal is to “never forget’ as we continue to remember those who have served us to keep our nation free.
Biggerstaff says “honoring these fallen heroes and their families has always been my mission.” Since that fatal day and for the past (10) years Gary, friends and volunteers have honored our fallen with a solemn vigil in his neighborhood and on the 911 Ride to Remember. It has grown to be more than the neighborhood is able to handle with thousands returning each year. “This year we hope to keep the memory of 9/11 fresh in the hearts and minds of every American with this Tribute and by establishing a Memorial Fund that will bring to mind the memory of America’s heroes each year going forward”, adds Biggerstaff.
ACCORD Community First is a non-profit workforce development organization that provides training and support for unemployed, challenged youth and military in the 9-county southern California region. ACCORD has become the organizing arm of Gary Biggerstaff’s10 year project to honor and support America’s first responders.