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Gov. Hogan, hundreds attend annual memorial ceremony

Bikers ride OC Boardwalk to honor fallen responders and raise funds for charities
By Brian Gilliland | Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: Brian Gilliland Firefighters stand vigil at the Division Street memorial.

(Sept. 15, 2017) Hundreds of motorcyclists paraded down the Boardwalk from 27th Street to the firefighter’s memorial on Division Street Monday morning, while hundreds more gathered to remember the fallen on the 16th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The mood was somber yet defiant, with speakers commenting on the heroism of first responders lost in the line of duty — including 68 Marylanders — and warnings that Americans will never forget the events of that day.

Joining the crowd, after a speaking engagement at the 2017 Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and Sheriff’s Association’s professional development seminar held at the Clarion earlier in the morning, Gov. Larry Hogan brought his own bit of symmetry to the service.

Hogan said he was in Ocean City speaking with real estate agents 16 years ago when the news of the attacks reached him.

“When tragedy strikes, most people run away from the danger, but our heroes, and all first responders, run into danger selflessly,” Hogan said.

He said though the events of the day were tragic, the true character of America emerged as the nation gathered to lend assistance to those in need.

Mayor Rick Meehan said it was a tragedy that today’s children and grandchildren never got a chance to know what America was like before Sept. 11, 2001.

Meehan thanked the Red Knights, the international firefighter’s motorcycle club, for organizing the event, and noted it was with a sense of pride that he watched Boardwalk visitors come to the memorial and pay tribute by reading the listed names, or touching the piece of iron recovered from Ground Zero.

Following Meehan, Ocean City Fire Department Chief Chris Larmore, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company President Jay Jester and Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro also gave short remarks.

Closing out the speakers was State Sen. Jim Mathias, who gave an impassioned speech about the importance of the day.

Mathias said he was proud to be at the memorial, and reminded the crowd that military personnel overseas and first responders at home needed continuing support.

“When those bells rang at the station, they did what needed to be done,” he said.

“We, in this country, will never live in fear.”

Also attending, but not speaking, were Delegates Carl Anderton and Mary Beth Carozza.

Carozza was employed by the Department of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld in 2001, and was at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building during the attacks.

Proceeds from the ride are being donated to the Delaware Burn Camp, which helps children recover from burn injuries, Believe in Tomorrow, which provides a free beach getaway for critically ill children, and Operation We Care, which creates care packages for overseas soldiers.

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