Day #26 Florham Park, NJ to NYC "Ground Zero" to Woodbridge, NJ
Nearly 500 riders and support converged in Florham Park for the beginning of the Police Unity Tour including 3 additional members of the Amherst Police Department, Tom Maier, Robert Stephens and David Van Dusen, 60 more riders from California, 200 New Jersey riders and many others from different States.
Before the ride an outdoor breakfast of bagels, coffee, fruit and assorted cereals were served, and it was apparent from the beginning that the hard working members of the Police Unity Tour staff had done an exemplary job. The logistics of putting together an event such as this is a feat in itself. Trying to move 400 cyclists, 50 motors, numerous support vehicles, feeding them all and managing traffic to the point that the Holland Tunnel, NYC was shut down, is a testament to the hard work and effort put into this. We take our hats of to the hard working men and women of the Police Unity Tour.
Our days ride took us to Jersey City to a bridge where on Christmas 2005 two Officers Sean Carson and Robert Nguyen were killed in an accident during a heavy fog. All riders dismounted and removed their helmet as they walked their bikes in silence honoring their fallen comrades.
Our next stop was Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Center buildings where an emotional ceremony was held honoring the 72 Law Enforcement Officers who were killed on 9-11. The ceremony was opened with the National Anthem, bagpipes and a reading of all 72 names. The NYPD bestowed two well deserved awards to Pat Montuore and Harry Phillips honoring their hard work in supporting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and congratulating them on the 10 year anniversary of the Police Unity Tour.
Later while speaking with Pat Montuore he said he wanted to let everyone know that he “appreciates all the support that the Police Unity Tour has received.” He especially wanted to note that without the support of the Local Cities and Towns we pass through our mission could not be a success.