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Remembrance Ride honors those who died during 9-11 attacks

Posted at 10:25 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 09:04:28-04

The 15th 9-11 Remembrance Ride made its way from Laurel to Billings to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, on Sunday.

It's a tradition put on by a local motorcycle club.

About 250 motorcycle riders and another 150 participants started in Laurel.

"We start out in Laurel at Reese and Ray's IGA and we ride in parade format," said Teri "Sinamn" Mundahl, organizer of the ride.

The Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn was the first stop.

"We need to remember what happened on 9-11," said Mundahl. "It's the largest terrorist attack that's ever happened in the world. Not just in the U.S., in the world. And so we need to remember the civilians, the emergency personnel that were killed on that day."

"It was such a powerful moment and it changed everybody's lives." Laurel Hometown Troops Sgt. At Arms Joe Broere said. "Even the young kids that weren't even there, it changed their lives and they're slowly finding out about it."

The ride brings people together.

"It is absolutely overwhelming and overjoying to me to see people come together from all walks of life all political backgrounds," Mundahl said. "All races, colors and creeds. Everybody is here for one purpose and we need much more of that in our country right now."

"Freedoms in America and just the community," Broere said. "The community effort, the feeling, the coming together of everything."

The B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. Motorcycle Club hosted the ride.

"Great group of bikers and friends and families," Broere said. "They raise quite a bit of money for the Laurel Hometown Troops that we can send care packages overseas."

Pastor Steve "Tank" Fowler led the prayer.

"And say a prayer to you and thank you that we're able to live in the greatest country in the world," Fowler said.

A bagpipe musician played "Amazing Grace."

"It is a big part of the tradition of the ride," Mundahl said. "Everybody loves it. It brings a lot of us to tears. every year."

After the ceremony at the courthouse, riders went to Bugz's Bar & Casino, 3 North In Acton and back to Billings at the Red Door.

Starting next year, the ride will happen on Saturday.

Sept. 1`1, 2021 is on a Saturday.