Bikers pledge to return to D.C. every 9/11; MAMF state they will also be there.2_million_bikers_DC_9-11
After months of planning and promotion for the September 11th Million Muslim March in Washington D.C., the entire event fell apart in spectacular fashion.
A public outcry – and harsh out lash – at the organizers for being culturally insensitive to the American public for attempting to hold an event of this type on such a solemn day forced organizers to restructure and rename the event as the Million  American March Against Fear (MAMF).
In the days leading up to 9/11, the grassroots organization known as the 2 Million Bikers to DC ride came together lightning fast and brought bikers from all across America to show their support for honoring the memory of those souls lost during the terrorist attacks in 2001 and the year-mind of the American ambassador to Libya and three other American personnel that were murdered in Benghazi.
The MAMF was organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee and secured an event permit and pulled in approximately 21 people whereas the 2 Million Bikers were denied their permit for a “no stop” ride and yet pulled in approximately 1.2 million motorcyclists.
Organizers for both events pledge to return next year.
“We’re here for September 11th and we plan on being here every year for September 11th,” said Belinda Bee, national coordinator for the 2 Million Bikers to DC ride.
Jim Hearley, 68, rode his bike 650 miles from Ellijay, GA., to show his support and told reporters, “I had to do it; it was the patriot thing to do.” The former Marine and Vietnam veteran went on to say that the Muslim rally on such a solemn day was what originally drew him to partake in the ride.
“Any other day it probably wouldn’t have been as big as it is, but it pissed off a lot of veterans and a lot of Americans,” said Hearley.
The massive sea of glistening chrome stretched as far as the eye could see from the starting point of Harley-Davidson of Washington which is located just outside of the District in Fort Washington.
While speakers for the MAMF event stuck to the official party line of Muslims standing with Americans against terrorism, the bikers considered the entire concept a grave insult to the nearly 3,000 people who died on September 11th, 2001, when terrorist hijacked American and United airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon; another plane was allegedly headed toward D.C., but crashed in a Pennsylvania farm field.
“This is to remember everyone who perished on 9/11,” said Kelly Volb of Pennsylvania.  “They picked the wrong day to do it.”
In a fashion that has been well used by the all-volunteer organization Patriot Guard Riders, the motorcyclists took to the streets of D.C. in waves ranging in size from 50 to 500 as they tied up traffic, rode past landmarks, and kept those pipes revved up to make their presence known.
Danny Johnson of Louisville, KY., has spent the past years in New York City honoring 9/11 – until this year.
“I think America has spent 12 years at a funeral,” said Johnson. “We’ve got to revive our country and do something different than we’re doing. It’s time it had a resurrection.”