FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Residents throughout Fairfield County can expect traffic delays on Sunday, Sept. 11, as thousands of motorcycles take to the roadway to honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day in 2001.
Sponsored by the United Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, the event is the largest Sept. 11 tribute in the state.
The first event, founded by Frederick Garrity Jr and the Fairfield County Labor Council, a motorcycle ride fundraiser for the victims of Sept. 11, was held on Sept. 30, 2001. The first ride attracted about 500 riders. Since then, the event has grown, with thousands of motorcycle riders taking part each year.
The monies raised by the registration fee go to the family emergency relief funds for Connecticut police officers, Connecticut fire fighters and two local United Ways.
The ride travels with police escort through 11 cities and towns, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Georgetown, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, and ends in Bridgeport.
In each town, the local fire stations bring out their ladder trucks and hang the American Flag from their extended ladders over the roadway; ending with a double ladder truck arch holding a single American flag, formed with Bridgeport and Fairfield Fire departments at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.Residents should expect significant traffic delays as the ride comes through their area. The following is the route :
- Motorcade from Norden Park to Route 136
- to Route 33 through Westport
- to Wilton Route 7
- to Route 107 Georgetown
- to Route 58N Redding
- to Route 302 Bethel
- to Newtown Route 25 through Monroe
- to Main Street Trumbull
- to Old Town Rd
- to Park Avenue in Fairfield
The event begins in Norwalk at Exit 17 off I-95 (Norden Park). Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. The ride begins at 11:30 a.m. At the end of the ride, residents and riders are invited to Seaside Park in Bridgeport for an afternoon of food, and music with performances by both rock and blues bands.