American Legion members in Post Falls ride to honor 9/11 victims

POST FALLS, Idaho --- Hundreds of American Legion members throughout the community of Post Falls are gathering to honor those who lost their lives after the September 11 terrorist attacks this Saturday.

Dale Snipes' husband was one of the first responders at the scene where the World Trade Center was attacked on September Eleventh.

"More first responders have died than were killed in the original tragedy,” Snipes said. "While out there he lost 70 percent of his lungs because people were lying and saying it was not toxic and it was because they didn't want to shut down Wall Street."

She says because of that, he can no longer ride.

So the annual local American Legion 9/11 remembrance ride hits close to home for Snipes.

"This is kind of my way of carrying on his work that he did,” Snipes said. "We've got a 200 pound pig that we've been roasting all night."

American Legion Riders Director Dan Montgomery says proceeds from Saturday’s event will go toward the Kootenai County Veterans Services.

"They help us out so much with filing VA claims and getting gainful employment and integrating us back into society,” Montgomery said.

This will mark 15 years since the September 11th attacks happened and for some service men and women, it's been awhile since they've been home.

"Even when I came off of active duty, it was a strong transition period that took a while,” Montgomery said.

He says the proceeds will also go toward local family members of those serving overseas as well.

"Her husband immediately has to leave, she's here with no other family other than that,” Montgomery said.

On Saturday, more than 200 bikers from Spokane and Colville will meet up with the Post Falls riders.

And Sunday, the local firefighter’s motorcycle club will have a 911 memorial ride of their own.

That will start at 8 am in Spokane.

KREM


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