Hall’s Harley-Davidson is hosting “Ride to Remember 9-11” on Sunday, Sept. 9, an annual memorial parade and ceremony to remember those that lost their lives and to honor the first responders and the heroes of that fateful day.
On Sunday, Sept. 9, vehicles can begin lining up at 9 a.m. at Hall’s Harley-Davidson, located at 2301 North Dirksen Pkwy. in Springfield. The procession will begin at 10 a.m. and continue to the Illinois State Capitol grounds for a memorial ceremony at approximately 10:30 a.m. There is no charge to participate in the parade or the ceremony; it is open to everyone and all vehicles are welcome. The public is encouraged to line the parade route in support of this event, which will be the 17th year that it has taken place in Springfield.
The 9-11 Memorial, which was built using donations raised during past events, is located near the Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Illinois State Capitol grounds. All donations and proceeds from this year through the sale of commemorative merchandise will be given to charities to further help the Illinois Police Officers and Firefighters Memorial Foundations and the Salvation Army. Merchandise can be purchased at Hall’s Harley-Davidson.
Johnny Molson from 970 AM WMAY will emcee the event, with Mayor Jim Langfelder serving as the guest speaker, as well as other dignitaries.
The parade route is as follows: Leaving Hall’s Harley-Davidson, head south to Stevenson Drive, proceed to 11th Street, proceed to South Grand Ave., turn onto Ninth Street, proceed to Capitol Ave., proceed to Second Street, then turn onto Edwards. Parking for the ceremony will be on the right, in an open lot before the corner of Edwards and College.