A wide range of dignitaries and first responders were among the crowd and participants that gathered at Tsawwassen Mills Saturday morning for a ceremony to launch the 20th edition of the 9/11 Memorial Ride which concluded at the Peace Arch Border.
The tribute ride was the idea of former Ladner resident Guy Morrell who was inspired to honour the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack after visiting Ground Zero in New York City a year later and being part of a memorial procession. Typically the 9-11 Memorial Ride would conclude with a joint ceremony with American first responders at the border, however its closure and the pandemic resulted in altered plans.
Among those in attendance Saturday were Ambassador D. Brent Hardt from the U.S. Consulate General Vancouver Office, Delta Mayor George Harvie and Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord.
“We are so grateful for another amazing turnout, in support of those who lost their lives on that fateful day, along with those still suffering and still fighting due to the actions of that day. We will never forget, we will always remember,” said Morrell.