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Massive Motorcycle Ride Honors Sandy Hook, Raises Money for Victims

The ride was so popular the initial 3,000-rider limit was lifted.

American flag flows proudly behind rider in Sunday's Green Ribbon Ride to benefit Newtown. Credit Tim Armstrong.
American flag flows proudly behind rider in Sunday's Green Ribbon Ride to benefit Newtown. Credit Tim Armstrong.
[Editor's Note: This article was reported by Tim Armstrong, Davis Dunavin and Katie O'Connor. It was posted and edited by Michael Dinan, Gary Jeanfaivre and Katie O'Connor.]

As many as 6,000 bikers are zooming through Connecticut today in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

"To hear that so many people are supporting Newtown and Sandy Hook, how could we not come out and support them?" says Lisa Sheridan, a Sandy Hook resident and Newtown High School teacher who came to cheer on riders.

"All the outpouring of love from everybody, especially when it comes from other towns, shows that [they're] still supporting us — that everybody's still thinking about us, and they want us to be strong. You know, I think that makes us all pull together and say, 'You know what? It's going to be okay. We'll keep moving on.'"

Supporters like Sheridan cheered and snapped photos as waves of riders rumbled through Newtown toward nearby Trumbull, while others who couldn't be there posted words of thanks on the Green Ribbon Ride Facebook page:

"From a Sandy Hook Parent: My heartfelt thank you, and humble gratitude. May God be at your side with the wind in your hair. You honor our SHS family. Remember: life is about the journey, the ride. Love wins."

Riders donned green helmets or streamed green bandanas from their handlebars.The Green Ribbon Ride is directed by Fred Garrity, executive director of The CT United Ride, CT’s largest 9/11 tribute and the largest single charity ride in New England. It is also sponsored by the five Newtown Fire Departments — Sandy Hook, Botsford, Hawleyville, Dodgingtown, Hook and Ladder.

Beginning in Shelton this morning, the ride ran through southwestern Connecticut. It was set to end with an outdoor concert, food and vendors at the Westfield Trumbull Mall. Once riders have safely arrived, it will be open to the public as well to support the cause.

All money raised will be paid out directly to Newtown funds and local children’s charities, directly to the 26 families, Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund, Newtown Police Union, Newtown EMS, the five Newtown Fire Departments, local children’s charities, the Center for Women & Families and Al’s Angels.For more information, visit www.greenribbonride.com, and on Facebook, “Sandy Hook Newtown’s Official Green Ribbon Ride.”

Click here for more coverage of the ride.
Suzy key May 05, 2013 at 02:55 PM
This is a phenomenal outpouring of support. Keep it going all you bikers and come down to Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, NY on May 10th. They are doing a fundraiser for Newton as well. They have DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore coming in to spin the tunes. Check out their website or Facebook for ticket info.
Sue Froio May 05, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Amazing...Wonderful...I will never forget that day . All of them will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless them and God bless all the bikers who rode.
Klaus Buschan May 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM
My eyes welled over on reading this. I had no prior notice about it..but it made me proud to see the right thing happening. Thanks everyone participating! Here comes the kicker: you think that something like this could be rolled out in front of some gun convention-, something sponsored by the NRA? Just asking...
Klaus Buschan May 05, 2013 at 08:11 PM
In reading my own comment, I just want to clarify that I was thinking of an activity that serves as a protest rather than a commemoration...
Ioane Fetu May 05, 2013 at 08:40 PM
That is the thing makes America Great. LOVE is the one thing America has PLENTY OF. Some of us knowingly walk into our death for the LOVE of the COUNTRY. God bless all of you and the family of the victims. Thank you.
uwish May 05, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Ya know what i wonder??? How many of these motorcyclists are card carrying right wingers? I'd out money on a vast majority being the answer. Hmmm,.....
Jose May 05, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Where was Dannie 'one term' Malloy, Sandy Hook was such a big thing with him I thought he would be right up front with his moped. Very disapointed in our govenor. Dannie 'one term' Malloy must have been kissing someone butt somewhere else. He's bucking for senator but we have a say in that, and the answer is NO. Then he has visions of being president, what a flamer. For stealing the trip to DC, you took $1,234.62 in value and as a weasel wasn't going to tell a soul until you got caught red handed. Stealing makes you ineligible for a senate run, so don't quit your day job. Stealing $1,234.62 is a felony, if all goes well you will lose the govenorship. Some people just can't stay on the honest side of the line. You're bad for America.
Robert Brown May 05, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Great show of "FORCE" and "AWE", but what else?? Just like "foreign policy": great oratory" "no results",
Jose May 06, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Where was 'one term' malloy, the Sandy Hook phoney. He used that disaster to further his carrier, you can bet on it. We can do much better next election. He's a user and has always been one. Selfish as they come, no heart or soul.

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