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Memorial ride, Peace Arch ceremony mark 9/11 terror attacks

A caravan of emergency vehicles from Whatcom and Skagit counties heads toward Blaine on Interstate 5 to attend a 9/11 ceremony at Peace Arch State Park on Sept. 11, 2014.
A caravan of emergency vehicles from Whatcom and Skagit counties heads toward Blaine on Interstate 5 to attend a 9/11 ceremony at Peace Arch State Park on Sept. 11, 2014. The Bellingham Herald

Participants in an annual ride commemorating those lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are urging supporters to watch and cheer from Interstate 5 overpasses through Whatcom County or attend a ceremony in Blaine.

Participants including firefighters, police officers and others will ride north on Interstate 5 to Peace Arch State Park for the 14th annual ceremony with their Canadian counterparts. Riders depart the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes at 7:45 a.m. Friday for a 9 a.m. event at the U.S.-Canada border.

“For those who can’t participate, we welcome them to stand on the overpasses to support us,” said Henry Hollander, a division chief with North Whatcom Fire & Rescue. “Seeing that support would be wonderful.”

Emergency vehicles will travel in a caravan in the slow lanes of I-5 through Whatcom County, escorted by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle drill team.

Five police officers and paramedics from New York City will be honored during the 9 a.m. ceremony. The public is welcome to the 60-minute formal service, which usually attracts hundreds. A barbecue follows, with donations sought to benefit equally the Behind the Badge Foundation and a similar Canadian group, the Honour House Society. For more information, go online to 911memorialride.org, behindthebadgefoundation.org and honourhouse.ca.

Parking at Peace Arch park requires a Discover Pass.

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