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Meg chased the story about a 9/11 freedom ride.  She was invited by Roy James, Princeton’s Deputy Fire Chief to join him and thousands of other firefighters and police officers as they road their motorcycles to pay respect at each of the 9/11 sites, riding from the Pennsylvania plane crash site, to the Pentagon and into New York City. 

James says this is the idea behind an organization that provides fundraising for victims of 9/11 and their families.  This is his second year and last year they had over 2,000 motorcycles in attendance. 

Meg hopped on the back of a chopper at 5am to hit the road and take the 3-day journey filled with emotion.  James described the warm welcome through the various towns he said that “roads are closed for us, as we are going by people are waiving and clapping and just very emotional, it’s an emotional time for everyone.”

Meg first met James to talk about the controversy over the Princeton 9/11 Memorial and using a beam engraved with a cross on it.  James hopes that this ride helps show how meaningful the cross is to that day specifically.

Back in the studio the chasers discuss this powerful event and debate over the controversy of the memorial and the battle over church and state.

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