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37. Rows and Rows of … (Week 7)


“Today, We’ve Had A National Tragedy” – President George W. Bush – Remarks at Emma Booker Elementary School.

Sarasota, Florida – delivered 11 September 2001, 9:30 A.M. EDT

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” -President George W. Bush,  November 11, 2001

“I can hear you. I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” – President George W. Bush, September 14, 2001

“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew. “ – President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001


Many around the United States pause on this date to remember those who were lost in the tragedy of September 11, 2001.  Esther, a friend of mine, who had worked in the towers and had lost many friends in the towers arranges a 9/11 Remembrance Ride locally every year so that we riders may pay our respects also.  So here we are in this year’s staging area with rows and rows of… motorcycles.





Many of the motorcycles are decked with the U.S. flags, and there were some commemorative ones, as well.





We proceeded on the route in rows of two.




As we approached the end point of the ride, a flag could be seen raised over a fire truck.






16 thoughts on “37. Rows and Rows of … (Week 7)

  1. Wow, what a great collection of photos to fit the theme. A wonderful event your friend organized to remember those who lost their lives, would have enjoyed seeing it. Where is it held ?

    • This year it was staged in the front parking lot of the Ramada Inn by the Sarasota/Bradenton airport on 41. The route was in the Whitfield area and finalized in the Applebee’s parking lot on University and Lockwood Ridge Rd.

  2. Nice to remember those who died in such a way. I am sure there was a sadness all over the world yesterday. Thanks for the posting. Great photos.

  3. Very moving. I didn’t know we had this memorial parade in Sarasota.

    • This was the 7th Annual ride. We couldn’t arrange to have it police escorted this year – that costs money – so we were prepared to stop at all lights and intersections. Surprisingly we were honored that traffic allowed us to keep moving along the way. I was getting choked up watching people wave, honk, and give thumbs up for us as we passed by.

  4. What a wonderful tribute. This was on the local news this morning. Great captures.

    • I wish I could have seen that. I really couldn’t find much in advance that may have been going on for the day. I do know some friends all wore red, white, and blue for their afternoon golf league and draped their carts.

  5. Yesterday held some moments of remembrance and sadness. Where I worked in New Jersey, you could see the towers from the top floors. I had retired and moved to Florida before 2001, but the impact was still strong on me here. The tribute ride is a glorious event and your photos of the rows and the flags brought tears to my eyes today too.

  6. Such a memorable day in history! The motorcycle enthusiasts are always game for commemorative rides.

  7. Great pictures……..Now I wish I would have rode!

  8. A very special post with numerous wonderful photos. 🙂

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