On September 11th, 2021, Veterans Matter held its 5th Annual Honor Ride. On the 20th anniversary of that fateful day, nearly 100 people gathered at Fulton County Fairgrounds to remember the fallen and embark upon a motorcycle ride in their honor.

Spearheaded by volunteers Bill Zornow and Ryan Krysmalski, the event featured two ceremonies and a 30 mile ride between two recovered beams from the wreckage of the Word Trace Center. At the opening ceremony, riders and attendees gathered around the Fulton County 9/11 Memorial to pay tribute to those lost 20 years ago and to the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in keeping our nation safe.

The riders, some of them veterans themselves, adorned their bikes with American flags. Each one of them received a toy solider to keep with them to remind them of the veterans and families they helped house by participating in the event.

The ride ended at Toledo Memorial Park where the riders circled their bikes around the 9/11 First Responders Memorial. A closing ceremony was conducted by Toledo Memorial Park and featured speeches from Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and Fire Chief Michael Ramm.

Underneath a clear blue sky, the memories of September 11th, 2001 weighed on the minds of every rider. Bikers, volunteers, first responders, and event organizers came together in remembrance of an event that unified all Americans. During the event, enough money was raised to house almost 4 veterans and their families.

We would like to thank the following for helping us organize this event: Bill Zornow, Ryan Krysmalski, Jennifer Krysmalski, The Fulton County Fairgrounds, Fulton County Sheriff Department, Sylvania Police Department, Sylvania Fire Department, Jeff Clegg of Toledo Memorial Park, Dan Patton and the entire Fellowship Matters crew.