Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

15th Annual 9-11 Tribute Ride and Rally-Grandview, Missouri

Written by  September 26, 2016

Thousands of motorcyclists converged on Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview on Saturday, September 10, to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and to show appreciation for veterans and active military, police, and emergency services personnel. The rally started at 9:00 a.m. and featured vendors, children’s activities, pre-registration for the Bikers for Babies RIDE, and displays of Grandview emergency services vehicles as well as vintage and current military vehicles. Visitors to Gail’s enjoyed live music from School of Rock, The Suburbans and Hudson Drive. At about 2:30 p.m., jumpers from Skydive Kansas City parachuted into the grassy area behind the dealership with John Hall flying the beautiful Stars and Stripes between his rig’s risers.

Riders made a charitable donation of $5 per bike for the privilege of participating in the ride. Staging took place in the rear and lower parking lots with traffic direction by Gail’s employees and members of the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter. The ride was expertly escorted by officers from several area police departments. It took around 45 minutes for the entire procession to exit the parking area, and there were many spectators lining the sidewalks to cheer for those who rode. Some spectators waved small American flags, and others teamed up to display larger flags. More flags were waved by onlookers gathered on several overpasses along the route.

The roughly 20-mile route ended at the National Airline History Museum at Kansas City’s Downtown Airport. There was a bit of a delay to get through a couple of roundabouts and into the museum parking lot. Gail and her sister Lori used the time to walk through the two lines of waiting bikers, greeting the riders and thanking them for their participation. Fortunately, the museum has an expansive parking area with ample room for all the motorcycles, perhaps as many as 2,000 of them. Once parked, motorcyclists listened to music provided by Ryan Patrick Imming. Great food was available from Brancato’s. The weather for the entire event was perfect!

It’s critical that we are always mindful of the tragic events of 9-11 and continue to pay tribute to the victims. Currently, there are constant reminders that America’s enemies are still active. The good news is that those evil forces are destined to fail, and our nation will prevail thanks to the courage and dedication of our heroes in uniform and the strength of the American spirit in all of us.

Thanks go out to Gail and her staff, the American Heartland Chapter of H.O.G., the police and MODOT escort team, sponsors, vendors, entertainers, and all who participated in the ride. Special thanks to our military, police, and first responders who stand ready every day to serve and to protect all of us.

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com 

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