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9/11 Parade of Brothers Ride and Memorial in OC

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Motorcycle riders coming down the Ocean City boardwalk on Friday morning. (Photo: WBOC) Motorcycle riders coming down the Ocean City boardwalk on Friday morning. (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - The annual 9/11 Parade of Brothers took place on the Ocean City boardwalk Friday morning.  About 200 people rolled down from 27th Street to N. Division Street on their motorcycles to kick off the annual 9/11 ceremony at the Firefighter's Memorial right next to the boardwalk.

The ceremony is held to honor the 343 firefighters that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York.  Friday, current Ocean City firefighters flew the American flag high overhead as prayers, poems, and speeches were shared with the group of hundreds that gathered for the event.

Scott Montgomery attended the ceremony as he has for the past three years.  Montgomery said he currently lives in West Ocean City, but 14 years ago, he lived and worked in northern New Jersey.

"I saw the tower fall in plain view.  What a horrible, terrible thing to happen to our country and the people over there.  Then we found out it was terrorists and that got even worse and it just wasn't right," Montgomery said.

Others on hand for the ceremony said coming every year and saying thank you to the men and women for their ultimate sacrifice doesn't get any easier.

"God used this event to open my eyes and I'll never forget.  And this is just my way of showing my respect," said Gwen Cordner of Ocean City.

Along with showing their respect to the fallen firefighters on New York, many who attended Friday's ceremony also took a moment to stop and reflect in front of the piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center that is a part of the memorial in Ocean City.

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