In the news it was recently reported that aproximately 2 million motorcycle rides had applied for a permit to ride through Washington, D.C., today, Patriots Day, to honor all those who died on this day 12 years ago. They were turned down.
Much of this morning was spent searching the internet for news of the rides since the word was out that they intended to ride, permit or no permit.
So far, one can’t find anything on any of the legitimate news sources, except for ABC News which has just a short blip on the fact they they WILL ride. However, YouTube has video of the beginning of ride. Several other website have information about the ride and the most common questions being asked is “is there a news blackout?” And if so, why?
Various groups of riders have gone out of their way to honor fallen soldiers, sailors and Marines, as well as first responders, in the years following 911.
Not that long ago, many stood on the side of the road as a group of bikers escorted a fallen Marine from Lee County, through Albany to the cemetery. Many people said their hearts swelled with pride as they passed where they stood, proudly waving American Flags.
The YouTube video watched this morning showed people waving flags on the side of the road as the riders passed. Cars on the other side of the road were honking to cheer them on. And there was a rumor that D.C. police were helping clear the way for the riders to pass.
And so, again, the questions needs to be asked again “why does there appear to be a media blackout?”
Written by Bonnie Jefferson, Managing Editor of The Albany Journal