A memorial ride to the Peace Arch border crossing on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 honoured those who have lost their lives in the terror attacks.
Hundreds of motor cyclists, first responders, as well as border and customs personnel took part in the event, including five first responders from various agencies in New York City.
“To see the turnout that happened here today from the folks who are so far away, it was touching,” said Lieutenant Steven Goldstein with New York City FD.
The ride was founded in 2002 to commemorate the nearly 3000 people who died in the attacks, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
“We will never forget no matter where we are, whether it is on the west coast of North America or the east coast,” said Chairman of the 9/11 memorial Ride and Service Howard Blank. “We are here for our brothers and sisters, and we know they will be there for us, God forbid something happens on our soil.”
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A number of local police departments have also paid tribute to their fallen comrades today.
Today we pay tribute to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. #NeverForget pic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训/Q0TRpixkAZ
— PortMoodyFireRescue (@PortMoodyFR) September 11, 2014
May we never forget those who fall in the line of duty. Please join us today as we honor those who have made the greatest sacrifice.
— DNV Fire Department (@DNVFRS) September 11, 2014
In New York City this morning, a moment of silence was observed at ground zero.
For the first time, the National September 11 Museum, which includes gut-wrenching artifacts and graphic photos of the attacks, will be open on the anniversary.
Fences around the memorial plaza have now been removed, integrating the sacred site more fully with the streets of Manhattan.
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