Ground Zero Independence Ride

The commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 doesn’t stop on 9/11/11. On Sat., Sept. 17, those wishing to pay tribute to victims’ families are encouraged to partake in the Ground Zero Independence Ride, a day-long event of festivities including a 42-mile motorcycle ride, a barbeque, and swimming in a pool and nearby lake. The event is also featuring a live concert by The Outlaws, Cole Fonseca, Dan Lawson and other music bands. The police-escorted motorbike ride will meet near Ground Zero, travel over the George Washington Bridge and end in Krucker’s Gove in Pomona (Rockland County), N.Y.

The Ground Zero Independence Ride was created in 2002 as a healing ceremony for 9/11 recovery workers. The ride is organized with the support of unions throughout the New York metropolitan area. Proceeds will go to two nonprofit organizations, the Hope for the Warriors (which assists U.S. service members and their families) and Anderson House (a residential treatment program for women recovering from alcoholism and substance abuse).

Registration is $50. For more information, or to register for the event online, visit www.groundzeroindride.com.