Ocean City Today

Annual Parade of Brothers Memorial Ride held Sept. 11

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 07, 2017

(Sept. 8, 2017) To honor all Americans who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the local Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter 3, will host the 13th annual 9/11 Parade of Brothers Memorial Ride on Monday, Sept. 11.

“Every year more and more people tend to forget the events of 9/11/2001,” said John Tartufo, local Red Knights’ treasurer and senior road captain who helps organize the ride. “This event is our small part in making sure that this reawakens those events of a terrible day. Never forget.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the Boardwalk at 27th Street. Riders will leave promptly at 11:30 a.m. with the patriotic procession, starting at 27th Street and continuing south to North Division Street on the Boardwalk.

Last year approximately 250 riders participated in the event, Tartufo said.

“This event is to make sure that we never forget and to memorialize the tragic events of 9/11/01,” he said.

A memorial service will take place after the ride at the Boardwalk firefighter’s memorial, with Tartufo serving as the master of ceremonies. Sen. Jim Mathias and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan will speak alongside the city’s police and fire chiefs and volunteer fire chief.

After the ceremony, police will escort the riders out of Ocean City along Route 50 through Bishopville to the Moose Lodge in Roxana, Delaware for lunch, brotherhood, friendship and fellowship.

Registration for the memorial ride costs $10 per bike, which includes the ride down the Boardwalk, a pin and the escorted ride to lunch at the Moose Lodge. Lunch is not included.

The ride is open to all motorcyclists, not just members of the Red Knights, and will take place rain or shine.

Proceeds from the ride will be donated to the Delaware Burn Camp, Believe in Tomorrow and Operation We Care.

The Delaware Burn Camp in Dover provides a free, safe and natural environment for the promotion of physical and emotional healing to children of burn injuries. Proceeds from the event will help fund a summer camp for burn victims at Camp Barnes in Frankford, Delaware. For more information, visit delawareburncamp.com.

Believe in Tomorrow’s Children’s House by the Sea is a local nonprofit organization that provides a free getaway to the beach in Ocean City for critically ill children and their families whenever they may need to escape the stresses of their child’s illness. For more information, check out http://believeintomorrow.org.

Operation We Care is a nonprofit collecting funds to create care packages for military personnel deployed overseas. For more information, visit www.operationwecare.com.

To learn more about the Red Knights, Maryland Chapter 3, 9/11 Parade of Brothers Memorial Ride, visit www.redknightsmd3.com or call Tartufo at 443-614-3425.

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