Several events planned on National Mall for 9/11 anniversary

A number of different events are expected on the National Mall to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

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WASHINGTON – The National Mall will be home to several events Tuesday commemorating the 12th year since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The American Muslim Political Action Committee is hosting its Million American March against Fear between 13th and 14th streets from noon to 4 p.m.

“Their permit says it expects 1,000 participants,” says Carol Johnson with the National Park Service.

More than 2,000 motorcyclists will traverse through the District Wednesday as part of a ride to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The group called Two Million Bikers to D.C. requested a route be free of traffic lights and stops, but the permit request could not be met because it would disrupt traffic patterns, need a police escort and cross multiple jurisdictions, Johnson says.

“We have told the motorcycle group they are free to come to Washington and ride the streets like anyone else, but they’ll have to follow traffic signals,” Johnson says.

And while their permit was denied, the group of motorcyclists is invited to join the Patriots for America rally on the steps of the Capitol building on the west lawn for a full day of speakers from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Answer Coalition has a permit to hold a rally at Freedom Plaza, but few details are available on the organization’s website. Organizers weren’t available for comment by deadline for this story.

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