An Ecuadorian Motorcyclists took one last ride into the sunset this week.
Everyone has their own unique last wishes that they hope friends and family honor. Joe Diffie famously sang about wanting to be propped up beside the Jukebox. Benjamin Franklin asked that his daughter not engage in “the expensive, vain and useless pastime of wearing jewels” at his funeral. And Erick Cedeno wanted to take his hog for a final ride.
So Erick’s friends helped him do just that.
A few days ago, Erick Cedeno was laid to rest after being killed in a shooting last weekend. The 21-year-old was taken too soon as he was driving to a loved one’s funeral. And his friends weren’t ready to say goodbye without letting him have one last hurrah.
With the permission of Erick’s parents, a group of seven motorcyclists put their deceased on the back of a bike and drove him around his hometown.
Local police frowned on the stunt saying it was “an aberrant and unhealthy activity.” The department also noted that “this is the first time this has happened” in the city.
However, police do not plan on investigating the matter. According to officials, the incident happened during a private event and no one has filed any complaints.
Motorcyclists Ride to Ground Zero to Honor Victims of 9/11
For the past two decades, America’s 9/11 Foundation has paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 by hosting an annual motorcycle ride.
The event began on November 11th, when foundation founder Ted Sjurseth thought he needed to ride to ground zero as a tribute to the first responders who died in the flames.
“We went down to the World Trade Center on the 11th and it was still smoking,” Sjurseth told Fox News. “That was just to raise the economy, boost the economy in New York.“
But that one ride turned into 20 and counting. After Sjurseth’s trip made headlines, people flooded his email with requests to turn the tribute into an annual event.
And now America’s 9/11 Foundation continues with a commitment to “honor the victims of 9/11,”
“We’re never going to forget them,” Sjurseth added. “And we’re going to honor the first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day they go to work.“
This year, the foundation had trouble getting the ride in motion due to coronavirus restrictions. But with a little determination, Sjurseth was able to get 535 people involved. The event started in Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 crashed into a field, and went to the Pentagon and then to Ground Zero, as it does every year.
The motorcyclists even drove through Tropical Storm Henri to reach New York City. And it was well worth it.
“There are 2,977 reasons that we ride and the whole point is to never forget and to back our first responders,” said Sjurseth.