2 Million Bikers to DC brings thousands to capital (VIDEO)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 12, 2013 

Yesterday, on the 12th anniversary of 9/11, 2 Million Bikers to DC did exactly what the name describes: the group brought a long parade of bikers into Washington, D.C., short of two million but reportedly including several thousand, to commemorate the attacks and celebrate those who lost their lives.

The National Park Service denied the group's request for a permit to demonstrate around the National Mall, citing the enormous burden it would place on traffic and local police. However, it is lawful to assemble and parade in the District without a permit. So that's what the group did.

The ride resulted in at least two traffic incidents.

The ride coincided with another rally, organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee to draw attention to anti-Islamic attitudes bred since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The timing "pissed off" some 2 Million Bikers participants -- including Jim Hearly, a veteran from Ellijay.

“I had to do it. It was the patriot thing to do,” he told The Washington Times.

Take a look at video from the event below:

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