NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — This past weekend the motorcycle community came together for the Connecticut United Ride. The event was first held in 2001 as a way to support those affected by the 9/11 tragedy and is still going strong today.
On Sunday, more than 20,000 motorcycle riders and spectators remembered the victims and families of the 9/11 tragedy.
“This will be our 17th event for the Connecticut United Ride, which has turned into the largest 9/11 event in the state of Connecticut and the largest single motorcycle ride in New England,” said Fred Garrity Jr., the executive director of the ride.
“We can never forget that the terrorists that struck America on 9/11 sought to destroy us and we have come back stronger than ever,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D), who attended the event.
The Connecticut United Ride took motorcyclists along a 60 mile route through 10 towns in Fairfield County. The purpose was to raise money for the Connecticut Firefighters Emergency Relief Fund, United Way, and other organizations.
“Over the years we’ve probably given away over half-a-million dollars,” Garrity said.
For attendees like Attorney John Haymond, the event brings back painful memories of that fateful day sixteen years ago.
“Those of us who lived thru it will never forget 9/11 and the image is in all our minds,” he said.
Haymond brought along his daughter Paige to the ride. She was born just a few months after the attacks in 2001.
“One of my objects is not just to remember and honor those and those who perished and those families who survived, but to introduce a younger generation and make sure they don’t forget,” Haymond said.
“We have dozens and dozens of sponsors who step up in various capacities,” Fred said. “We are very grateful to John Haymond and what he does for us.”
Haymond, a major sponsor of the Connecticut United Ride, says he’s proud to represent the motorcycle community, who does so much for their neighbors and friends.
“Just take a look out here and you’ll see how much they do for the community, how much money the raise for charities and how they support the United States of America,” Haymond said.
Join us at the next motorcycle event — the 20th Annual Fall Biker Bash — on Sunday, October 1 in Danbury. To learn more, visit HaymondLaw.com.