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'2-Million Bikers to D.C.' Rides into the Nation's Capital on Sept. 11
WASHINGTON (WBFF) -- A group called "2 Million Bikers to DC" rode to the nation's capital on September 11. Its Facebook page said the ride was "to remember those who were killed on 9/11 and honor our armed forces who fought those who precipitated this attack."
Thousands of motorcycles participated in the event.
The rally was originally organized in response to the American Muslim Political Action Committee's (AMPAC) "Million American March Against Fear" which began at noon on the National Mall. The AMPAC march was sparsely attended. Some blamed the Muslim organizers for being insensitive and holding a march on a day they believed was in poor taste.
In a statement on its webpage AMPAC said its mission "is to stimulate an active interest in Muslim Americans relating to Political and Governmental affairs to facilitate Muslim American participation in the United States of America," and said "The majority of Muslims are pro-peace, anti-Terrorist, and opposed to usury (riba). Perhaps most importantly, Muslims oppose corruption (al-fasaad) and support clean, honest and transparent governance."
The 2 Million Bikers to DC official Facebook page stated, "We are not promoting nor do we condone violence of any kind! We are riding to show our love of America and the shining example of freedom this country provides to the world!" The majority of posts about the ride were positive, but at least one was critical of President Obama and Muslims, "Obama said 'Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.' WE will #NeverForget the contribution they made on #september11."
But for the thousands of riders, today was about honoring the sacrifices made on September 11, 2001. Some of the thousands of riders began the day at Harley Davidson of Washington in Fort Washington, MD. Riders came from all over the country, to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks. Their message is that September 11 only made America stronger, and that Americans will never forget.
The group raised $28,959 for the ride, according to its donations page at gofundme.com. On the donations page the organizers of the event stated, "We are 2 individuals who took a pipe dream and turned into what we hope will be an honor ride for the victims and survivors of 911." The group said, "We more than reached our goal with your generous donations. We will use this for the recipient and for next year's event. Thanks again to all."
Organizers of the bike rally said the US Parks Service denied their request for a permit. A permit would have given the group a police escort and permission to ride through red lights. The ride took place without the permit.