As we approach an anniversary this country will not soon forget, hundreds of bikers lined Knoxville's streets to remind others of the thousands of lives lost on September 11th.
"It's always an awesome display of support. Not just law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency personnel, but many people who want to come out and show their support," said Knox County Detective Joe Henderson.
Before the 9/11 Remembrance Ride Sunday afternoon, the riders gathered for a ceremony to honor the first responders, a promise they made to each other after the planes hit the twin towers.
"It's something that we vowed to always remember. It's something we ask each other from time to time when we meet. Do you remember?," said T.C. Hicks, event organizer and President of the Blue Knights, a law enforcement motor cycle club.
Retired New York firefighter Lt. Eddie Pollich couldn't forget if he wanted to. The Harlem native came back to East Tennessee to share his story with the bikers.
"Such vivid memories keep on coming back... it's something that has changed my life and it's going to be with me until I die," Lt. Pollich said.
After 9/11, money from grassroots fundraising in East Tennessee bought the "Freedom Engine," a one million dollar ladder truck for Lt. Pollich's Ladder Company 14. The "Freedom Engine" is still in use today.
"I feel that the fire truck is mine. Even though I'm not there anymore, it is mine," said Lt. Pollich.
Lt. Pollich visits the friends he made in Knoxville several times a year these days. He said the Remembrance Ride means a lot to him.
"It really touches my heart," he said. "Knoxville has a special place in my heart."
Former Vols head coach and motorcyclist, Phillip Fulmer, was the grand marshall of the ride.
Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Marlow Volunteer Fire Department in Clinton.