WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Fire Department hosted eight FDNY firefighters Wednesday night as they ride bicycles from Ground Zero in New York City to Florida.
The firefighters are riding to support the Navy SEAL community and the families of fallen navy SEALs. The riders are carrying a 14' steal "I Beam" from the World Trade Center to donate to the UDT Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce, FL.
The beam will be used to build a memorial honoring the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
New York Firefighter, Louis Strandberg was working on that tragic day.
"It's been an emotional journey," said Strandberg. "There was such an amazing outpouring of support that day and this is a way to give back. This piece of steel represents a lot to a lot of people. It's been an amazing journey."
The group hopes to inspire others as they complete their mission.
"I would hope that we are inspiring people," said firefighter Kevin McCormick. "We're just a small group of guys who decided to come together and ride bikes. It's really picked up and people have been cheering us on as we go. It really seems to be taking shape."
Riders will depart from the Wilmington Fire Department Headquarters, located at 801 Market St., at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning headed to Myrtle Beach.
The public is invited to attend.
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