Steve Bonanno and his wife Lee started The Manatee County 9/11 Remembrance Ride 5 years ago to remember those who lost their lives on 9-11-2001, and for the brave men and women of the armed forces who are fighting for us today to keep us safe. Steve sent out an email to 20 of his friends and over 130 bikes showed up for the first ride.
Since then they have continued to grow and gain support. This year escorted by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, over 1100 bikes participated in the ride from Bradenton to beautiful Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island.
Fire trucks were positioned on each side of the entrance to Coquina Beach, we could hear the thunder of over 1000 bikes in the distance heading south through Bradenton Beach. One of the fire trucks had their ladder fully extended with a large American flag hanging from the top; as the bikes entered they all rode under the flag and parked for the ceremony. “Truly Amazing!”
With the help of the Manatee County Parks Department, we all gathered on the beach for a short dedication ceremony. Beautifully decorated wreaths were dedicated, and set a float in the Gulf of Mexico for those lost at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
Manatee County 9/11 Remembrance Ride