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Remembering 9/11

    Last Wednesday was not an ordinary day. It was 9/11 2013.
    In front of the Green Turtle in Edgewater, I saw a sea of bikers and motorcycles. My heart jumped a beat at the sight, for I realized they were gathering to commemorate this tragic date.
    I parked and walked over to thank two lady bikers for their time and dedication. Before I could finish my expression of gratitude, a fountain of tears poured forth. The three of us embraced and cried together, for we are all Americans trying to find our way in these troubled times. Happy to hear grateful words from a stranger, bikers gave me a red, white and blue T-shirt commemorating the day and helped me on a Harley for my first time for a photo. Then I heard the deafening roar of engines starting up as they headed to D.C.

–Barbara Malloy, Edgewater

OMG , HELLO MS BARBARA. I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE WHAT YOU WROTE . I WAS ONE OF THOSE LADIES THAT CRIED WITH YOU. LISA MEYERS AND MY FRIEND KAREN. YOU TOUCHED US SO MUCH THAT MORNING. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW US BIKERS DONT GET MUCH PRAISE FOR ALL THE GOOD WE DO. WE ARE STEROTYPED FOR THE BAD. YOU MADE A GREAT START OF A LONG DAY . IT WAS A PLEASURE MEETING YOU AND I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN SOON. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY WITH THE BAYWEEKLY. YOU SHOULD HAVE ALSO INCLUDED THE PIC OF YOU ON MOMS HARLEY. AS YOU WERE ONE HOT LOOKING MAMA ON THAT IRON HORSE. AND IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO BUY YOU THAT TEE SHIRT. I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE 2 MILLION BIKER RIDE ON 9/11/13. IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY AND SINCE 2001 I HAVENT HAD A DAY TO CELEBRATE. WELL I COULDNT OF ASKED FOR BETTER PEOPLE TO DO IT WITH THAN ALL OF THE BIKERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD .WE ARE NOT JUST BIKERS. WE ARE PROUD AMERICANS. UNITED WE STAND AND ON THAT DAY IT WAS NOT JUST STAND BUT RIDE, COME TOGETHER AS ONE AND STAND UP FOR OUR COUNTRY !!! I WATCH DIFFERENT ONES MOVE THEIR CHILDREN, CLINTCH THEIR PURSES AND SOME JUST LEAVE. WHEN WE BIKERS COME AROUND. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WE ARE ALSO THE SAME BIKERS THAT DO TOY DRIVES FOR CHRISTMAS, BLOOD DRIVES, AND NUMEROUS OTHER GREAT ACTS OF KINDNESS. MY FAMILY AND I PERSONALLY DO A CANCER FUNDRAISER EVERY YEAR . WE DO FOR HOSPICE, CHILDRENS CANCER, THE MILITARY VETS ANY MANY MORE. THANKS AGAIN MS BARBARA FOR N-O-T BEING ONE OF THE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO MISJUDGE US BECAUSE WE WARE LEATHER AND RIDE A MOTORCYCLE. YOUR NEW FAMILY, LISA AND THE REST OF THE BIKERS