MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville resident Lou Popp is one of tens of thousands of patriot bikers from across the country participating in a national movement honoring those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The first “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” event calls on bikers from across the United States to ride to Washington, D.C. to honor first responders for their courage and sacrifice on 9/11, as well as the men and women of the armed services for the defense of the nation. The ride is also organized to counter protest the “Million American March Against Fear,” formerly called by the more inflammatory name, the “Million Muslim March,” which protests against post-9/11 policies.
“We want to show that we honor those from 9/11 and the ones that have fallen since because of terrorism from overseas. We want to do this on that day because we feel like those people who lost their lives need to be honored and having the Million Muslim March protesting that day isn’t a good thing; the ride is to also overshadow that,” said Popp, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. “My reasoning for going to D.C. is because I’m a veteran and a patriotic American. Most of the bikers are veterans; they served their country and they feel the need to serve one more time.”
Popp and a group of 100 to 150 bikers from middle Georgia plan to meet at Cowboys in the Country in Rutledge at 9 a.m. Monday to begin their 15-hour journey to the nation’s capital at 11 a.m. The group will travel through Augusta and Columbia, S.C. before stopping in Fayetteville, N.C. six hours later to stay overnight. The ride will continue Tuesday morning until reaching the Harley Davidson dealership in Fort Washington, Md. where all bikers from across the U.S. will register to participate in the 30-mile ride through D.C. while passing by various memorials.