About 150 bicycle riders including law enforcement officers from throughout Florida will ride through eastern Volusia County on Saturday as part of the Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Ride in honor of people killed during the 9/11 attacks.
The tribute will begin with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday at Daytona Beach Police Department headquarters, 129 Valor Blvd., according to a press release. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m.
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Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorists hijacked four planes on Sept. 11, 2001 and crashed two into the Twin Towers in New York City and one into the Pentagon. In the fourth plane, passengers on United Flight 93 learned of the other hijackings and fought back, preventing the plane from reaching its target in Washington, D.C. The plane crashed in a field in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Tour De Force riders will follow a 51-mile route on Saturday that will take them through New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, South Daytona, Daytona’s beachside, Holly Hill and Ormond Beach before returning to the Daytona Beach Police Department.
Police vehicles will accompany the bicycle riders and occasionally block off traffic at busy intersections so riders can go through safely.
Daytona Beach Police Department Chief Craig Capri, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood and Ormond Beach Police Department Chief Jesse Godfrey will be among the participants.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Police gather in Daytona bicycle ride in honor of Sept. 11 victims