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.
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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.