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Major Road Closures Planned for 9/11 Event This Week

by ARLnow.com August 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm 9,946 104 Comments

The annual America’s 9/11 Foundation Memorial Ride will be rolling into Arlington on Friday, and several road closures are planned to accommodate the large number of motorcyclists expected to participate.

According to an email from Arlington Alerts, police are planning on shutting down eastbound I-66 from the Beltway to Route 110, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

“The [police] escort is being provided to ensure the safety of all motorists along the path of travel,” the email said. “It is recommended that anyone who travels along this route take alternate routes to their destination during this period. It is anticipated I-66 will be reopened by 4:00 pm at the beltway to minimize the impact on rush hour traffic.”

The bikers’ ultimate destination is the Double Tree Hotel at 300 Army Navy Drive in Pentagon City. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., ride organizers are planning on holding a street fair-type event on Army Navy Drive, complete with barbeque and beer from street vendors, a gun raffle and a performance by country music artist Aaron Tippin.

According to the Arlington Alerts email, Army Navy Drive will be closed from S. 12th Street to S. Fern Street from 9:30 a.m. to midnight. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure, according to county spokeswoman Mary Curtius. Still, drivers should still expect significant traffic issues around the evening rush hour in Pentagon City if the Army Navy Drive/Eads Street intersection, which leads to an I-395 on-ramp, is blocked.

At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, the ride will move to the Pentagon’s North Parking lot for a ceremony commemorating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. At 7:00 a.m., the ride will depart the Pentagon and head out across the 14th Street Bridge, en route to New York City.

The ride, which could featuring as many as 3,000 motorcyclists, helps to fund scholarships for the children of 9/11 first responders.

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  • Ted williams

    WTF?

    • Steve85

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!

  • CW

    I don’t even know where to start.

  • Rick

    Either workers need to leave work early, or stay and PARTY with them!

  • DB

    Does this sentence bother anyone:

    “…. ride organizers are planning on holding a street fair-type event on Army Navy Drive, complete with barbeque and beer from street vendors, a gun raffle and a performance…..”

    • YES

      I wouldn’t buy BBQ from a street vendor.

    • CW

      Yes, but unfortunately we are outnumbered by the people who it does not bother. See “2010 elections”.

    • SaveDaveMcKenna

      Will there be a shooting gallery?

    • Arlington Voter

      It bothers the hell out of me.

      • Rick

        I suggest you don’t go?

    • Rick

      “gun raffle” — got to have the guns before heading into DC or Philly, and then onward to NYC. “LOCK AND LOAD”!

    • SomeGuy

      What should we be bothered by about that sentence? The grammar and spelling are fine.

    • Blueloom

      “a gun raffle”????? WTF? With all the rules & regs in Arlington (see: dog lady not allowed to put attractive mural next to dog park), isn’t there something that says that people who put on street fairs may not include a gun raffle in their activities?

      • ThePrize

        It’s a pretty nice prize though. Smith & Wesson is one of the sponsers and it’s a model 1911 (doesn’t say what caliber, probably 9mm). But these go for ~$1500.

      • bear

        constitutional right, simple as that

      • Doubt it. In fact, I can legally go to the raffle with a gun strapped to my belt in plain view. Or, if I have a permit, I can conceal it. If it is held in certain types of buildings (such as a court, federal building, etc.) then the gun must stay out.

  • Lou

    Lets just get this out of the way right now: Did anyone invite Sarah Palin?

    • G Clifford Prout

      That’s silly. She invites herself.

      All kidding aside. She would be one hot commander in chief.

      • charlie

        maybe Bachman can come and have one of dem corn dogs…

        • Steve85

          Looks like she got skills.

          • G Clifford Prout

            Looks like she’d be submissive to the corn dog as well as her husband (who in my opinion looks a little fey.)

          • Lou

            I think there’s a very high probability, if not a certainty, that that scene has never been enacted in her bedroom.

          • Steve85

            Let’s ask Anthony Weiner.

          • LuvDusty

            A little Fey? What are u–Headless? He’s gayer than a tree full of parrots!

          • charlie

            these two versions of the front cover of Newsweek have been floating around that cesspool called the internet. but love it.

        • Reminds me of the kielbasa queen scene in Howard Stern’s movie.

        • R.Griffon

          That pic practically gives me an innie.

        • Take it!

          Take it ALL!!

  • fourmilerunner

    Thanks for the heads up to leave work early on Friday. Holy crap what a mess this will be.

    • Ali

      I have the reverse problem. I can’t leave work early as I need 110 to get home. Grrr.

  • David Stockperson

    Did they get their dates mixed up?

    • I would guess their plan is to be at Ground Zero on 9/11. They probably ride to DC, then to PA, then to NYC. We get them early.

      • Rick

        … and then work there way back to DC on 12 Sept if not on the night of the 11th!

        • LuvDusty

          Do none of these folks have jobs? I wish I could take 1 month off to just ride around the country on a motor…ooh, wait..nope, I’d rather be in the office.

  • Arlington Voter

    This is a serious question. Can someone explain to me: Why motorcycles? I’ve never understood Rolling Thunder either.

    • rossl

      same here

    • Sam

      Because REAL ‘merkins ride motorcycles! Don’t ask questions, Commie.

    • mkjinva

      I agree – any excuse to get with your buddies and go riding around making a lot of noise then drinking beer from street vendors and winning a gun. Who approved this permit? Aren’t there supposed to be background checks on gun purchases at gun shows – yet, a gun is being raffled off and, I am making a big assumption here, the winner will not be cleared for past offenses or mental illness. All in my backyard with my kids and dog running around. I am extremely disappointed in this decision – but where can I complain?
      Thanks and have a great morning
      MKJ

      • SomeGuy

        I like how you made it about your kids. After all, it’s always about the the children. And your dog.

        But I think you’re misinformed about the background checks. I can’t say with certainty, but I HIGHLY doubt that a charity putting on an event of this profile would allow a firearm to transfer to anyone who didn’t pass the typical state background check that dealers run.

        “Thanks, and have a great morning.”

        • Blabidy

          Gun shows legally conduct purchases with no background checks. This is the “gun show loophole.” I know this for a fact.

          • SomeGuy

            Blabidy, a gun show itself does not conduct transfers, as your wording suggests. The dealers at the show are conducting the transactions.

            Licensed firearms dealers MUST conduct background checks. Unlicensed dealers do not have to. The so-called “gun show loophole” exists when an unlicensed dealer sells at a gun show, because he/she is not required to conduct that check.

            And as stated above, I doubt that a charity with enough profile to shut down 10+ miles of I-66 in the middle of the day is going to expose itself to the kind of liability involved with not conducting that check.

            I’m speculating, of course. But perhaps not as wildly as those who think the sky might fall if a gun gets raffled.

          • KalashniKEV

            SG broke it down for you, but there is no such thing as the “Gun Show Loophole.”

            It’s just THE LAW.

            I conducted a casual sale of a firearm last weekend with no gun show, no loophole, and no background check. I did see a CCW though (voter ID works too).

        • mkjinva

          OK, point taken – how about THE kids, dogs and other vulnerable populations in the neighborhood who find it difficult to navigate around loud drunken motorcylists on their loud motorcycles that eventually make it to Chevy’s to drink some more. We have Rolling Thunder, and now this and where do motorcycle parades end? All of these events last for DAYS.

          • The real Sam

            Really?

            Now you accuse the people who take time from their lives to help raise money for a good cause, and the hundreds of thousands who come here to raise awareness for veteran’s issues of beings drunks ON their motorcycles?

            Really?

            Pathetic.

          • normal

            I agree that you can’t assume they’ll be drunk driving. But just because something is for a good cause doesn’t make all behavior acceptable. We went over this with Rolling Thunder. Can I celebrate Veteran’s Day or 9/1 by throwing trash in the street?

          • The real Sam

            So we agree.

            IF someone was drunk ON their motorcycle, and a threat to the “vulnerable population” of which he/she speaks, then appropriate action should be taken.

            Making blanket statements about the participants and accusing them of drinking and driving is just wrong.

            You will find the majority of the riders are from long distances and getting drunk is not on their agenda. The vast majority of the riders are responsible enough to understand that riding drunk and/or hung over wouldn’t be in the best interest of anyone.

            For the record; neither this nor Rolling Thunder is a celebration.

          • mkjinva

            You didn’t read my post correctly – but this guy says it better than me -http://sledpress.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/i-still-hate-rolling-thunder/
            And with that I am done
            Thanks

          • SomeGuy

            Actually, I don’t love all the noise associated with these motorcycle parades. And if the attendees get drunk and rowdy, I hope they’ll be dealt with appropriately by law enforcement.

            Your post seemed focused on the gun raffle, which many in this comment section are fixated upon, but which seems like a footnote that won’t impact anybody other than the participants who win or don’t win the raffle (versus, say, the traffic tie-ups and motorcycle noise, which will have a broad impact).

        • KalashniKEV

          Was this even a real post??

          I smell parody.

          It’s for the children!!! hahahahaha

      • charlie

        first, Virginia is a huge provider of illegal guns used up and down the east coast.

        second, we have a gun show loophole. any gun can transfer ownership at a gun show. no checks. no waiting. nothing.
        cash and go.

        • ThePrize

          Not sure this qualifies as a gun show. Anyway, my guess is that they will do the background check. Its not that hard nor does it take long at all. I assume the provisions of the Brady law that govern this are still in effect.

          http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/brady-law.html#firearms-raffle

        • JoshR

          This is 100% wrong. ALL purchases at a gun show from a dealer are required to undergo some sort of background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and fill out a Federal Firearms Transaction Record (Form 4473).

          A private citizen is not required to do this in order to sell to another private citizen who are both residents in the same state. Nor should someone be required to go through an intermediary for conducting private busines. The location of this private transaction is irrelivant. One can conduct such business in a WalMark parking lot for all it matters.

          It is already a crime to sell a gun to someone from out of state without going through a dealer and getting a NICS check and form 4473.

  • steve86

    More country! Keep horses, country music and gun-raffling barbecue motorcycle parties out of the city!

    • Steve85

      Whoever you are you’re lame. Don’t be an idiot

      • steve86

        Neigh!

  • DanT

    Yeah, let’s remember and honor those that died on 9/11 by raffling off guns. Idiocracy.

    • Arlington Voter

      +1,000,000

    • Were there guns used on 9/11? I recall airplanes and boxcutters……

    • SomeGuy

      Dan, I don’t think the gun raffle is part of the commemorative portion of the ceremony. They’re using the raffle to raise money. There’s also a 50/50 drawing, and I suspect that’s not being done purely to “remember and honor those that died” either.

    • R

      Perhaps you didn’t get to the last sentence of the story before making your “Idiocracy” comment, so I will galdly reiterate it here for you…”The ride, which could featuring as many as 3,000 motorcyclists, helps to fund scholarships for the children of 9/11 first responders.” So in other words, the gun raffle, street vendors, etc that so highly offend you bring in money for a very good cause so go take your condescending comment and shove it up your condescending a$$. As long as it is legal, I don’t care how money is raised for such a good cause.

      • doug

        yes, the ends justify the means. They always do.

      • mkjinva

        I think if you are selling crack for scholarships for 9/11 families then that crosses the line – I know that is an extreme , absurd example, but there are limits on fundraising. AND, it has been 10 years so the youngest child of the first responders from f 9/11 are 10 years old. The victims’ children will soon be aging out of scholarship money. This may have good intentions but best to keep an eye on this fundraising party because the next time it is held, there will be no need for scholarships.

        • SomeGuy

          mkjinva, perhaps you missed the part of R’s comment where he stipulated, “As long as it is legal.”

          Selling crack doesn’t qualify.

          And although it is called the “911 Foundation,” I think the mission is to provide scholarships to first responders in general, not specifically to first responders involved with the September 11 attacks.

          That said, I don’t just blindly trust charities, so your point about keeping an eye on this one, just as we should with all charities, is valid.

        • R.Griffon

          > youngest child of the first responders from f 9/11 are 10 years
          > old. The victims’ children will soon be aging out of scholarship
          > money. This may have good intentions but best to keep an eye
          > on this fundraising party because the next time it is held, there
          > will be no need for scholarships.

          That’s a great point – no kid needs college money after 10 years of age.

          Have you been drinking?

      • bear

        amen!

    • R.Griffon

      Gun raffles aren’t at all uncommon at block parties, fairs, or even as a fund raiser for fire departments and the like. They just might be uncommon in YOUR experience in NOVA.

      And who cares anyways? Let them exercise their 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. They’re not hurting anybody.

      • Theakston

        except anyone that needs to get anywhere that afternoon

        • Al Gore

          NIMBY

      • doug

        Guns don’t hurt people, people who win guns at raffles hurt people.

      • KalashniKEV

        Small Minds. Small Worlds.

  • Rick

    According to flyer, “Rocklands BBQ” will be providing the BBQ

  • I don’t care about the gun raffle, but closing I-66 and Rt. 110 on a Friday afternoon so a bunch of motorcyclists can get to a party is ridiculous. They should have to sit in the same traffic as everyone else, or at least plan their event when traffic is minimal. Imagine having the Marine Corps Marathon on a Friday afternoon!

    • Lou

      This is like a wet dream and a nightmare for Zimmerman all rolled into one. Close inbound 66 through Arlington: YES. Bring in gun-raffling bikers to Arlington: NO.

    • Ali

      Seriously. They couldn’t at least do this earlier in the day?

  • doug

    Amuuuhrica seems to be developing quite the memorial motorcycle fetish.

  • MC

    I’m sure these people are visiting because they LOVE our government. Washington can use a little love from middle America. Maybe the gun raffle is to raise money for the federal debt.

  • dss10

    I lost friends and co-workers in NYC and I find this disgusting in that their deaths have been co-opted by a bunch of butt pirates and ideologs.

    • normal

      You lose your moral high ground when you talk like that, dude.

      • DSS10

        As opposed to the moral high ground of the organizer and participants of this rally. Why don’t they go to a church and pray or perhaps go to a cemetery to show respect for the dead. Instead its a blocking off a highway, having a gun raffle and barbecue with some 3rd rate country music star on a day when 3,000 people were murdered. I checked the organization running this event and they support first responders which is a noble cause and provide some scholarships. I just think that they should not hold their activities from this date, it’s wrong.

        • Fran

          You have some serious issues. Maybe you should come out and support the cause and not look down your nose upon it..

          • DSS10

            I don’t have any issues. I worked in the world trade center and traded at the NYMERC. I have supported my god daughter by contributing to her collage fund and helped her mother sell her house and cleaned up some financial issues after her husband died in the attack. I’m not being smug about it and I would have done the same thing if he died from a hart attack or traffic accident. I have nothing against the goals of this organization to raise money for first responders (I might send in a donation) and I ride a motorcycle. I just don’t think that this is an appropriate activity for this date. Do it the following weekend, maybe later in September when the weather is better.

          • fran

            It is this weekend not in Sept.

  • Country superstar Aaron Tippin will be performing LIVE on August 19th. I know it will be an awesome event.

  • Arlingtron

    Guns and beer. Add bikers plus something to get angry about and you have great formula for a rumble.

  • Dave

    Folks, the focus on the gun raffle boggles my mind … this ride is an annual fundraising event held by the Americas911 Foundation. It is intended to raise funds and awareness for first responders and their families, as well as serve as a memorial ride to all three sites attacked on 9/11/01. This is not a party, this is a memorial ride. The riders come from all over the country to pay their respects to those who died that day. This year, being the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01, each rider will be wearing an armband remembering one of those lost. It is a two day ride which begins in Shanksville, PA and ends up at Ground Zero. I am sorry if this inconveniences you in some small measure on Friday afternoon, but please understand what this is about … this is not a party. Riders are not drinking and riding. The street fair is at our hotel where we will be stopping for the night and while yes, the foundation is raffling a gun, Smith & Wesson is a sponsor and all appropriate precautions and laws will be complied with before anybody is handed a firearm. PLEASE take the time to read about the foundation before you start making assumptions and throwing accusations. You can find the information at http://www.americas911foundation.org.

    Thank you.

  • Fran

    Thanks Dave for informing these people about why we are riding. How ungrateful people can be and self centered.

  • Nels Andersen

    Why the gun raffle?

    Why is the county supporting something like this?

    Don’t like this at all and don’t think it is the way to remember 9/11.

    • KalashniKEV

      Because it’s America. I might swing by and take a few chances just to support the event… can’t find the make and model though.

  • JustMe

    The size of the ride this year is a symbol of all of those lives lost on 9-11-01 Those people are not here to today to speak their opinion. They gave their lives, as did many soldiers since that fateful day. Many are still oversees fighting for your freedom, so you can sit here and type your personal opinions. Their web page states “they do not ride on 9/11 as that time is for families” not to mention the political officials are generally at the sites, security would shun a large group of bikers. Despite the fact they are only trying to do good for others. It’s not the hells angels riding here, it’s America’s 9/11 Ride. They are around all year trying to raise funds. It’s great that Smith & Wesson donated the gun to help the ALL VOLUNTEER NATIONWIDE Organization raise funds for first responders (fire, police, ems) nationwide, not directly for the children of of the lives lost on 9-11-01. Who do you call upon when you need help??? You wouldn’t complain if you found out one of those was the paramedic that ran to your side and saved your life when you called for help. Or the firefighter that cut your car apart when you were trapped. How about the police officer who had to shoot someone to save the life of your child, and was then criticized and lost his job for doing so. Way to show your American pride and let other know you’ve Not Forgotten what happened to our country. Keep on complaining that you are still on this earth and your life could be put on hold for a few extra minutes while you sit in traffic. maybe those of you complaining should be living in another country. As for me – i’ll be standing on a bridge waving my American Flag for all of them to see, God willing i’ll still be here on this earth with sore arms the next day. God Bless America, and God Bless the Riders on this incredible journey.

    • Fran

      Well said!!!!!!

  • Scott

    To Just Me, Fran, Well said Indeed!!!

    To all who have expressed feelings/opinions/ideas wether they be positive or negative, . . . . . welcome to America. If you don’t like it here, GTFO!

  • Chuck

    I’ll be fishing as a “symbol of all the lives lost on 9/11”. What a crock!

  • Dennis Miller

    I don’t want to get on a rant here, but that’s just your opinion. You could be wrong.

  • Nels Andersen

    To Just Me and Fran,

    Gun auction, beer, and bikers. What a great way to remember 9/11. Do you really think the rest of the nation agrees with you jerks?

    Can’t you think of a better way to express yourselves after spending $50K for your trophy bikes and trying to find a way to justify the expense for these types of toys/rides while saying it is honor of our country and its fallen. You should be ashamed of what you are doing. Let our nation grieve 9/11 without your arrogance. Keep out of our nation’s capital on your dumb bike rides, you are not welcome. Go ride your bikes somewhere else and don’t invoke our fallen with gun auctions, beer and bogus bike rides.

    -Nels Andersen

    • RUB

      Nels-how do you plan to remember 9/11-put on cargo shorts, polo shirt, pork pie hat, brown flip flops and go to Clarendon to eat cup cakes with FroYo, drink a couple of brews and think about nothing but yourself?

  • Nels Andersen

    Rub,

    Don’t want you riding down Arlington streets on your trophy bikes proclaiming honor to our fallen while participating in a gun auction. Hate everything you are doing.

    On 9/11 I will probably be in Section 60 of Arlington Cemetery honoring the two members of my family buried there. Go ride your bike somewhere else, you are not welcome here. You punk.

    -Nels Andersen

    • RUB

      Nels-maybe we will run into each other at Arlington National on 9/11. I have relatives/friends interred in the Columbarium and 5 comrades buried in Section 60. I will be the one who looks like a “punk.” OOH-RAH!

      • Nels Andersen

        Rub,

        What’s your real name?

        -Nels Andersen

  • charlie

    at first i was like, eh.
    now this whole thing is starting to bother me.

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