It has been almost thirteen years since the attack of 9/11 yet the memories of those who were lost are still vivid in our minds and hearts. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t know where they were or what they were doing when the news first broke and it’s even harder to try and find someone who wasn’t affected in some way, directly or indirectly, that Tuesday or in the days and years to follow.
On March 19th, 2014 six of New York City Fire Department’s Bravest will take part in The FDNY Ride for the Trident House. The bike route will begin at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York and end 1,200 miles away at the National Navy UDT SEAL museum in Florida. This bike ride was organized in an effort to raise awareness for the Navy SEAL Trident House and also to recognize the SEAL and military members who have been lost. The soldiers have sacrificed so much since September 11th in order to protect our way of life here in the United States. The firefighters of New York have a very real first-hand knowledge of the pain that comes from losing a fellow firefighter, and the resulting grief and hardships that the families of those men and women have to face.
The Trident house offers a support system and a place for families of lost SEALs to go to help them cope with their loss. The house, which is a fully equipped residence with an outdoor swimming pool, covered patio, and dock also serves as a respite for Navy SEALs and their families who are injured or battle-fatigued. The Trident House is a house dedicated to the families of those soldiers who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and offers those families a place to stay free of charge while they visit the nearby SEAL memorial to honor their loved one.
The firefighters’ journey will take 18 days to complete. They will be riding a set of 6 Schwinn Fastbacks that Schwinn has donated to the cause. Along the way they will stop at the Pentagon in order to pay their respects to all those who were lost on September 11. They also will make several stops at firehouses and towns along the East Coast in order to raise awareness for the Trident House and raise money through the sales of Ride for the Trident House t-shirts.
Perhaps, it is even more impressive that the firefighters will be delivering a 14ft steel “I-Beam” which was recovered from the rubble at Ground Zero. The steel beam will be presented at Fort Pierce, Florida, at the National Navy UDT SEAL for inclusion in their Memorial in honor and remembrance of Navy SEALs and Frogmen who have died in the line of duty.
SchwinnRed will be following these men and sharing insights and information with you as they make their cycling journey from New York to Florida.
To find out more about the Ride for the Trident House visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/fdnytridentride
Get out and ride!