(Sept. 7, 2018) The local Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter 3 will host the 15th annual 9/11 Parade of Brothers Memorial Ride in commemoration of those who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attacks, on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
“The reason that we do this, right after 9/11 everyone said ‘we’ll never forget,’” John Tartufo, local Red Knights’ treasurer and parade organizer, said. “Well, a lot of people are trying to forget and put it on the back burner and as long as Maryland Red Knights Chapter 3 is in existence, it will not be forgotten.”
Last year, 230 participants joined the parade, and raised $2,000, according to Tartufo.
“[In 2003], our president and founder of the Red Knights Larry Sackadorf called me and said, ‘What do you think about us doing a 9/11 ride on the Boardwalk?’” Tartufo said. “I said, ‘it’d be great.’ The first year was limited to Red Knights only, because we had to go to the city, get a permit, and we figured the best way to show them we could control bikers on the Boardwalk was for it to be Red Knights only.
“The second year that we had it, we asked the mayor and city council if it could be opened to the public,” he continued. “They agreed to allow us to have [the parade] open to the public as long as the Red Knights want to have that parade of brotherhood, we would be allowed to do it forever.”
Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the Boardwalk at 27th Street. Riders will leave promptly at 11:30 a.m. with the patriotic procession, starting at 27th Street and continuing south to North Division Street on the Boardwalk.
A memorial service will take place after the ride at the Boardwalk firefighter’s memorial, with Tartufo serving as the master of ceremonies. Sen. Jim Mathias and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan will speak alongside the city’s police and fire chiefs.
After the ceremony, police will escort the riders out of Ocean City along Route 113 through Bishopville to the Moose Lodge in Roxana, Delaware for lunch, brotherhood and entertainment. DJ Batman, an honorary Red Knight, will provide music at the luncheon.
Registration for the memorial ride costs $10 per bike, which includes the ride down the Boardwalk, a pin and the escorted ride to lunch at the Moose Lodge. Lunch is not included.
The ride is open to all motorcyclists, and will take place rain or shine. Proceeds from the ride will be donated to the Delaware Burn Camp.
The Delaware Burn Camp in Dover provides a free, safe and natural environment for the promotion of physical and emotional healing to children of burn injuries. Proceeds from the event will help fund a summer camp for burn victims at Camp Barnes in Frankford, Delaware. For more information, visit delawareburncamp.com.
To learn more about the Red Knights, Maryland Chapter 3, 9/11 Parade of Brothers Memorial Ride, visit www.redknightsmd3.com or call Tartufo at 443-614-3425.