Knoxville (WVLT) -- Six years ago this Tuesday marks the day our country changed forever.
We were there in World's Fair Park for the 9-11 Remembrance Ride
Bagpipes blared as hundreds of bikers solemnly remembered the greatest tragedy on American soil.
"We want to remember how our lives were all changed on September 11, 2001," said Daniel Ellis, president of the Red Knights.
And that's why the bikers were there, to honoring the thousands of lives lost six years ago Tuesday.
Especially the lives of police officers and firefighters
"Even to this day it's overwhelming," said Bryan Bates, a Blue Knights member.
"Men, women, children, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters were all in those towers," Ellis said.
That's what set the stage for the Red Knights, Blue Knights and community members across East Tennessee who revved up for the 4th Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ride.
"It lets me know the sacrifices that my brothers and sisters have done before me so I could be here today," said Ellis.
"A civilian pulled up and said, officer do you know a plane's flown into the World Trade Center," Bates told the crowd. "For once in my career I was scared."
"It's amazing," Ellis said. "I couldn't believe what had happened."
Anger, sadness and confusion abounded six years ago, and today, the memory still evokes strong emotions.
For the rider's in today's event, the pride they feel for their country is clearly seen.
"I think we're going to continue to get stronger because of family, faith and God," said Mark Moore, a Blood Brothers member, "If you forget, it could happen all over again. You could let your guard down and we never want to forget what these people sacrificed for our freedom."
As bikers hit the pavement, they were grateful for every mile they made.
"It helps you lead by example when you start to think about the people that went before you and especially the ones that perished that day," Bates said.
The the proceeds for Sunday's ride went to the Blair Volunteer Fire Department and the East Tennessee C.O.P.S group, Concerns of Police Survivors.