Thousands of bikers pay tribute to 9/11 during annual ride

More than 2,300 motorcycles and 60 motorcycle police from throughout the state participated in the 13th annual CT United Ride on Sunday, Sept. 8. The event is the state’s largest 9/11 tribute, organized by Trumbull resident Fred Garrity.

The 60-mile route passed through 11 towns, beginning in Norwalk and ending at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

This was the second largest CT United Ride, surpassed only by the 10th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, when more than 3,000 motorcycles participated.

More than 10,000 spectators lined the route, cheering and waving American flags to honor the fallen. In each town and city, local fire departments hung American flags over the route, with more than 100 fire apparatus showing their support for the cause. Local police also assisted with traffic in each town.

The ride is sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of Connecticut. Information can be found at