TorchesAcrossAmerica

Torches Across America (TAA) is a motorcycle ride for all riders who want to show their respect to everyone who lost their lives and to the family's who lost their loved ones on that sad morning of September 11, 2001. TAA takes nine days, starting on the West Coast (Sept 3rd). Ride the whole trip, just through your state or a few miles when it comes in your area. If you can not take time to ride on the ride, everyone is welcome to be with us at any of the stops we make going across the country.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Great day for First Call Responders in County of Lake, California


















County of Lake, California. March 21, 2006.

Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution, Proclaiming, Designating September 11th Each Year as "Recognition Day" for their First Call Responders.

Signed by Anthony Farrington, Chair, Board of Supervisor, County of
Lake, CA.

The BOS scheduled the proclamation ceremony for 9:30 a.m. with John
Norcio, Robert Jordan, Suzanne Schneider and Sheriff Rodney Mitchell
available to accept the proclamation.

(I have included a photo of the proclamation and one of John, Robert &
Rodney accepting.)

If you need anythin more, let me know.

Suzanne Schneider

Thank you very much John, Robert and Suzanne for taking the time to help make this come about for First Call Responders in your area.

John Norcio was on the first TAA ride in 2002. One of the main reasons he was on the ride was to visit the crash site of Flight 93. One of the young lady's that died on that flight use too come over to his house and play with his kids when she was younger.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A tribute by the Dawn Partol and Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association on the morning of September 4, 2006 in Aluquerque, New Mexico

On the morning of September 4, 2006 Craig Kennedy said the Dawn Patrol will start setting up their hot air balloons no later then 5:15am and will take to the air at 5:45am. So we need to be at Balloon Park in Albuquerque around 5:00 am. You do not have to check out of your motel room at that time because you will have plenty of time to go back and get your things before we leave Albuquerque.

What they are doing on the morning of September 4, 2006 is of great significance:

1) They will be doing their version of a candle light visual for all the men, women and children that died on 9/11 and for the men and women in our Armed Forces that have died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. When the gas heats up the air in the balloons it will shine brightly in the skies above Albuquerque.

2) When the morning sun starts to shine it will represent the bright side that always follows a dark moment. Sometimes a dark moment in time can feel like a life time but inevitably the bright side emerges.

3) Their taking to the air will be the kick off for all the 9/11 events planned for the State of New Mexico. It will also let every First Call Responder in New Mexico know that Governor Bill Richardson has made 9/11 "First Call Responders Recognition Day" in New Mexico.

Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association President Kevin Cloney told me that every year since 9/11 the AAAA has given rides to First Call Responders on the Saturday before 9/11. That is super of them.

We will leave from Albuquerque, NM and ride to Amarillo, TX. Our host for the evening will be the Hard Core Biker Ministries. We will be spending the night in Amarillo, TX.

Why is there not even one city from New York on our list that has made 9/11 a “Recognition Day” for their city's First Call Responders?

If you have the answer please let me know.

September 11, 2001 was a very sad day in America and New York City was hit the hardest. They say in times like this something good always happens. They were right because America was super proud of their First Call Responders. On that day we saw how dedicated they were in putting their lives and families aside just to save us.

If we cannot put one day aside on our calendar just to say "Thank You" to them I feel sorry for us as a country. We do not deserve this type of loyalty from people that are willing to give up their life and families just to save us.

We have Armed Forces Day for all the members of our Armed Forces who put their lives and families aside to protect us so why do we not have a recognition day for our First Call Responders?

By making 9/11 a "Recognition Day" for them also adds pride to their family and children. I cannot count how many times I have heard or read about a First Call Responder dying in the line of duty that left behind one or more children. So is not one day on our calender to say "Thank You" to their father or mother worth anything to us. Their loved ones need to know we will always be great full for the sacrifices they give to us.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Here is a list of cities and one state that have made 9/11 a "Recognition Day" for their city's First Call Responders

Albuquerque, New Mexico Mayor Martin J. Chavez, and City Council on August 1, 2005. I thank Mayor Martin J. Chavez and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. I also want to thank riders Jim (Cyber) Grant and Rick Parsons for making this happen. They were both the New Mexico State Coordinators last year for TAA. Rick Parsons and Paul Elam are the New Mexico State Coordinators for TAA this year.

Branson West, Missouri City Council in 2005. I read about it in the newspaper. I do not know any of them but I do thank them for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. Branson West is the only city in America I know of so far that has did this without me or any riders that I know of asking them to do it.

Fairborn, Ohio Mayor Thomas H. Nagel, and City Council on August 12, 2005. I thank Mayor Thomas H. Nagel and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. I also want to thank riders Les and Nancy Knauer for making this happen. Les Knauer is the Ohio State Coordinator for TAA.

Forsyth, Missouri Mayor Karl A. Smith, and City Council on February 20, 2006. I thank Mayor Karl A. Smith and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders.
Thank you for the wonderful evening and support.

Hollister, Missouri Mayor Dave G. Tate, was the third Mayor in America to pass a Resolution making September 11 a "Recognition Day" for Hollister’s First Call Responders on March 3, 2005. I thank Mayor Dave G. Tate and City Council for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. Mayor Dave Tate fixed all of us hamburgers the day we road through Hollister on the 2004 ride.

Kimberling City, Missouri Mayor Gary P. Conway, was the second Mayor in America to pass a Resolution making September 11 a "Recognition Day" for Kimberling City’s First Call Responders on February 15, 2005. I thank Mayor Gary P. Conway and City Council for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. Mayor Gary Conway helped us put together a ride for our National Guard and Army Reserve in 2004.

Kingman, Arizona Mayor Monica Gates, was the first Mayor in America to pass a Resolution making September 11 a "Recognition Day" for Kingman’s First Call Responders on January 18, 2005. I thank Mayor Monica Gates and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. I thank Mother Road Harley-Davidson and the Kingman Chamber of Commerce for inviting her to be a speaker. I also thank all the riders in and around Kingman for your help in making this happen and for your support every year the ride comes through Kingman.

The goal I had set to get 9/11 to become a National Recognition Day for First Call Responders had failed as we started the 2004 TAA ride. Not one congressman or senator I contacted would help. So at this time I gave up trying to attain this goal.

When Mayor Monica Gates was addressing us she said that she would try and make 9/11 a "Recognition Day" for Kingman’s First Call Responders. At that moment I knew there was still hope in making 9/11 become a National Recognition Day for them. I can never thank Mayor Monica Gates enough for what she started.

Lakeport, California Mayor Robert L. Rumfelt, and City Council on February 21, 2006. I thank Mayor Robert L. Rumfelt and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. I thank riders John Norcio, Robert Jordan, Larry & Suzanne Schnider for making this happen. Lets all have dinner in Old Town San Diego before the ride this year.

Oceanside, California Mayor Jim Wood, and City Council on August 17, 2005. I thank Mayor Jim Wood and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. I think riders Mike Lee, Wayne Forester, Peter & Roseanne Nash and Glen Ottman for making this happen. As most of you all know Mike Lee is a Firefighter at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Mike Lee and Wayne Forester are both TAA State Coordinators for California. Wayne Forester, Peter & Roseanne Nash and Glenn Ottman are all members of the CMA. Without these riders there would be no starting of the TAA ride in California.

Reeds Spring, Missouri Mayor Pro-Tem Paul E. Lear, and City Council on February 7, 2006. I thank Reeds Spring Mayor Pro-Tem Paul E. Lear and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. Thank you very much for the wonderful evening and support.

Township of Florence, County of Burlington, State of New Jersey, Mayor Michael J. Muchowski and City Council in 2005. I thank Mayor Michael J. Muchowski and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. I thank rider Kathi Bedard for making this happen. Kathi and her husband Fred Bedard are members of Red Knights NJ 14 and were both a part of the rescue efforts at Ground Zero. They and the Red Knights NJ 14 play a very very big roll in putting this ride together on the east coast. The amount of time they spent putting everything together before the ride really shines on the day of the ride into NYC.

Troy, Illinois Mayor Tom Caraker Sr., and City Council in 2005. I thank Mayor Tom Caraker Sr. and City Council very much for being proud of their cities First Call Responders. I thank Troy Illinois VFW Post 976 Commander Roger Alons, and all the members of Post 976 for making this happen a long with all the other great things all of you make possible. I also want to thank all the motorcycle clubs for your support.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in 2005. Governor Bill Richardson made sure it was a "Recognition Day" for all First Call Responders in the State of New Mexico. We are asking him to do the same in 2006. I thank rider Jim (Cyber) Grant for making this possible.

September 11, 2001 was a very sad day in America but they say in times like this something good always happens. They were right because America was super proud of their First Call Responders. On that day we saw how dedicated they were in putting their lives and families aside just to save us.

If we cannot put one day aside on our calendar just to say "Thank You" to them I feel sorry for us as a country. We do not deserve this type of loyalty from people that are willing to give up their life and families just to save us.

We have "Armed Forces Day" for all the members of our Armed Forces who put their lives and families aside to protect us so why do we not have a recognition day for our First Call Responders?

By making 9/11 a "Recognition Day" for them also adds pride to their family and children. I cannot count how many times I have heard or read about a First Call Responder dying in the line of duty that left behind one or more children. So is not one day on our calender to say "Thank You" to their father or mother worth anything to us. Their loved ones need to know we will always be great full for the sacrifices they give to us.