Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today encouraged Lincoln residents to attend activities surrounding the New York Memorial Ride, which will be in the Capitol City Monday, September 16. Hundreds of firefighters who are members of the International Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club are taking part in the motorcycle ride. New York firefighters asked the club to organize the ride to honor the firefighters and law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. More than a dozen New York firefighters are participating in the ride.
"We are very proud that five of our Lincoln firefighters were chosen to participate in this ride," said Mayor Wesely. "This is a great tribute to those brave firefighters and officers who died September 11 and to all fire and emergency professionals who risk their lives to save others."
At 6:45 p.m. Monday the riders will take part in a procession from State Fair Park to the north side of the State Capitol. All motorcycle riders in law enforcement and fire services are invited to join the procession. A memorial service is scheduled at the State Capitol at 7:10 p.m., and the riders will then have a procession to the Firefighters Reception Hall, 241 Victory Lane for a private function.
The 11-day ride has included a meeting September 10 with riders from the Fire Department of New York for a midnight ride to Ground Zero. On September 11, they presented a plaque to New York Fire Station 10. On September 12, they attended a memorial service at the Pentagon, and on September 13 the Virginia State Patrol escorted them through Arlington Cemetery. From there, they went to the crash site of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
On September 17, the riders will leave Lincoln for their final destination - the Memorial for Fallen Firefighters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The name of Lincoln Firefighter Harley Grasmick is inscribed on the memorial, and the name of Lincoln Fire Inspector Jack Bruns will be inscribed this year. Their sons - Captain Jeff Grasmick and Firefighter Alan Bruns - are participating in the ride. The other Lincoln riders are Firefighter Mike Green, Paramedic Develon Puckett and Firefighter Bryan Kratochvil, who is a Memorial Ride Road Guard.