21st annual CT United Ride brings out thousands of bikers
For 21 years, thousands of motorcycle bikers have been paying tribute to the victims of 9/11 in the annual CT United Ride.
"Because of our proximity to New York City, we lost dozens and dozens of our neighbors and family members," says Rep. Jim Himes in the opening remarks of the memorial.
It's one of the largest 9/11 tributes in the state, and for many of the riders, it hits close to home. Cheryl Richardson of West Haven told News 12 that her fiancé Raymond Mayberry spent weeks cleaning up Ground Zero following the attacks.
"Support for the fallen," Mayberry says when asked why he comes back year after year.
Thousands of bikers gathered at Sherwood Island in Westport to kick off the 60-mile journey ending in Bridgeport. Bikers go through 10 different towns until their final destination.
"It's amazing how many people came here just to support all these people. It's very hopeful and kind," says Christina Richardson, who has been participating with her family since she was young.