GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - The Fire and Iron Ride to Remember took off from Green Bay today.
An estimated 300 motorcycle riders hit the road for the annual 9/11 memorial.
Heather Heil is the event organizer and the wife of a Green Bay Fire Fighter. "this is a very emotional time for everyone" says Heil.
She is excited to see a parking lot full of bikes because five years ago the ride the ride almost ended because of low attendance.
That is when our local chapter of Fire and Iron took over.
Heil explains "Fire and Iron is a national motorcycle group that consists of fire fighters all across the board".
Today's ride was open to the public.
"It's wonderful" says rider Butch Breuninger. "It's for a good cause. They're doing something that you like, ride the Harley what could be better".
Wrightstown's Fire Chief Mike Schampers rides to support the network of firefighters across the nation.
"It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, you are all fighting for the same thing" says Schampers.
Fire and Iron has a specific reason they held the ride the day before the actual anniversary.
According to Heil "Today is celebrating us as a country, and tomorrow is a day of reflection".
The riders sign up for the event to remember the victims of 9/11 but there also here to raise a lot of money. At the end of the day Fire and Iron hopes to donate $65,000 to a unique Wisconsin camp.
Heil says " We are a big supporter of the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety which has a burn camp for children".
Channel 5's Millaine Wells reports.