A group of motorcyclists will begin a cross-country ride to New York City Monday from the Los Angeles Fire Department’s training center to honor the memory of the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives while trying to save others during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas and Fire Hogs Motorcycle Club president Jack Wise will kick off the ride with opening remarks at about 6:30 a.m. at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park.

The event will take place at the World Trade Center Memorial at the LAFD training center — a 23-ton, approximately 22-foot-tall steel column that was originally part of the lobby structure of the World Trade Center, according to LAFD Capt. Erik Scott.

“Believed to be the largest remnant of the attacks on the West Coast, it now rests safely on reinforced concrete pilings that sink nearly 30 feet below ground,” Scott said.

After the opening remarks, Terrazas will join the three dozen motorcyclists for the first few miles of the ride, Scott said.

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