‘Remember. Honor. Ride.’ to premiere in Williamsport
“Remember. Honor. Ride.” is a 30 minute documentary film about the founding and the organic growth of the 9-11 Memorial Ride, a 42-mile motorcycle parade in Lycoming County that draws approximately ten thousand bikers and over 20,000 community spectators.
It began in the emotional aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, as a protest to show the enemy that America is still standing.
Coordinated by Tom “Tank” Baird and Don Miller, two motorcyclists and friends, the first ride in 2001 drew nearly 80 bikers and the support of a handful of law enforcement personnel who escorted them. Today, the ride is managed by the 9-11 Memorial Coalition, Inc., a nonprofit organization headed by Baird, and oversees the permitting, safety and coordination of the ride itself and related events.
Father John Manno, an early supporter of the ride and its spiritual figurehead, provides blessings to the riders and hands out “Memorial Cards” — a picture and description of an Armed Service Member who gave their life fighting for our country in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“Our ride is a rolling memorial,” said Gary Smith, vice president of the 9-11 Memorial Coalition.
The event is hosted by the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company in Montgomery. Fire Chief Todd Winder, who also is a board member of the Coalition, describes hosting the event as “an honor.” Additional board members of the 9-11 Memorial Coalition include Dan Farr, owner of Backyard Broadcasting who promotes the ride and related events, Mickey Finn, Don Miller, Mike Seitzer, Nisha Brelsford, Father Manno, Thomas Boyle and Denise Copping.
Sheriff Mark Lusk provides guidance and support for the ride to ensure safety for all participants.
The documentary, a 30-minute film, directed by local author and filmmaker Alivia Tagliaferri, tells the story of the “riders of remembrance” and our community who supports them every Sept. 11.
The film is premiering 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings, 25 Liberty Lane. Buffalo Wild Wings is donating 10 percent of all sales that day to the 9-11 Memorial Coalition, Inc.