Leesburg-based America’s 9/11 Foundation was recognized by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night on the occasion of its final annual motorcycle ride to all three 9/11 crash sites.
During the past 15 years, the foundation has awarded more than $400,000 to first responders, their departments and families, and more than $300,000 in college scholarships to children of active duty first responders.
Although this year marked the foundation’s last official ride, it does not end the foundation, which will continue with other programs.
“We will miss these guys, but we are so proud of you for continuing your great work,” said Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg).
Foundation president and co-founder Ted Sjurseth said in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, “nobody was doing anything but throwing anything they could at the firemen and policemen to help them.”
“The times have changed, but the whole purpose of this foundation is to honor these guys,” Sjurseth said. “They protect everybody in this room… We will always be here, wherever they need us.”
And, Sjurseth said, an end to the official ride may not mean an end to the ride. Hotels are already booked up for next year.
“We’ll just go for a leisurely ride,” Sjurseth said. “It’s a public road. That’s what the state troopers told us.”