“The ride out there (from the Bakersfield Harley Davidson) to Shafter Airport, was one of the most breathtaking emotional rides I’ve ever been on. Just to see the support of the people out clapping for us. Brothers with the same mission in line with each other, it was breathtaking," said Julio Torres, service dog program director at the Wounded Heroes Fund
On September 11, 2018 the 12th Annual 9/11 Memorial Ride will begin at 3:00 pm in front of Bakersfield Harley Davidson with veteran resource agencies, food and drinks. The kickstands are up at 6:30 pm and riders will continue to Minter Airfield (Shafter Airport) where there will be a program and guest speakers. The event is expected to last till around 8:00 pm. At the event there is a suggested donation of $10 per person.
Ben Patten, president and founder of the Armed Forces Support Foundation has been working hard to make sure veterans, active military and their families are supported. Patten encourages everyone to join the event, even if you don't ride a motorcycle. He suggests that anyone driving a car to the Shafter Airport, ride out ahead of the motorcycles.
"It's crazy to think how much that day has shaped my life, almost no part of my life has not been affected by it. Through going to war, the relationships I've have had with my friends and my family, the friends I've made, the professions I've chose. It's shaped my life in many, many ways so it's always a very reflective day for me," said Eric Hansen a veteran's service representative.