Trail Of Tears Motorcycle Ride Set For Sept. 17th Posted on August 30, 2011
The 18th annual Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride will be held Saturday, September 17th. It is the largest organized motorcycle ride in history with more than 50,000 motorcyclists expected to participate this year.
The ride, from Tennessee to Oklahoma, is held to honor Native American Heritage, remember the Trail of Tears and raise funds for scholarships for Native American students.
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 called for the voluntary or forcible removal of all Indians from the eastern United States to the state of Oklahoma. Over 17,000 Cherokees refused to leave, beginning the Cherokee “Trail of Tears.” As many as 4,000 Native Americans died on the Trail.
The initial leg of the 2011 Trail of Tears Remembrance Ride will start in Chattanooga and end at Florence, Alabama’s McFarland Park with around 10,000 motorcycles participating. Riders will pass through Pulaski and enter Lawrence County utilizing the new Highway 64 by-pass. They will then take Highway 43 south to Florence.
Organizers encourage the public to come out along the route to show support to the riders as they pass through the community. The riders come from all over the United States and include Native American riders who represent several tribal nations.
For additional information regarding the ride, log on to www.trailoftears-remembrance.org.