MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Saturday, April 27 th at 8:00 A.M., Team 26 departed Morristown’s Town Hall as part of the 7 th Annual We Are One Ride. Founded in memory of the twenty-six people who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook shooting, the team rides to raise awareness of gun violence; advocate for sensible gun laws; and spread a message of Peace, Hope, and Love.
The six-day ride began Friday, April 26 in Newton, Connecticut, with a stop in Morristown Friday evening. TEAM 26 stopped in Morristown on Friday night and ride organizer, Montie Frank spoke to the crowd at Morristown's Town Hall. Frank, a resident of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, had children who attended the very school that suffered such devastation. After a few weeks, Frank had an idea and reached out to members of his cycling community.
“I wanted to make a cultural change", said Frank. "I wanted to unite communities and fight for better political process.”
Frank gathered 26 members of the cycling community to form Team 26. From 2012-2018 Team 26 would make a journey from Newtown, Connecticut to Washington DC. Their goal was to honor the 26 victims who had lost their lives to gun violence.
People lined up inside town hall and greeted the cyclists with a standing ovation as they entered the room.
Jawad Ahmed, a member of the Islamic Society of North Jersey, began the ceremony with a prayer. The prayer focused on the importance of changing policies regarding gun control.
Ahmed added, “We as citizens need to join together to end gun violence. We need to start with law makers and change policies.”
The ride will conclude on Thursday, May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Normally, the ride concludes in Washington DC; but this year, Team 26 decided to honor those who were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in last year’s shooting.
To learn more about Team 26 and how you can support future rides, check out their website www.team26.org.