All-day free, family event, starting with the show car and bike registration at 8 a.m., the Fleet Feet Freedom Run at 9:30 a.m., live music from Pizazz at noon, 9-11 memorial and awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. an the 11-mile BG Nevitt Yellow Ribbon Motorcycle Ride starting at 3 p.m.

From the organizers:

This Sunday September 9, Decatur will host the 10thannual Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11” event.  The theme of the day will be Honor Our Heroes to benefit Our Patriots. The event will take place in Decatur’s Central Park.  Cruise 11 serves as afundraiser to collect donations for the Help 4 Heroes Fund that provides necessities for local Veterans in need.

Several activities will take place throughout the day around Central Park. It will culminate with a 2:30 pm First Responder “Thank You” Awards Service in memory of the heroes of 9-11 and in recognition of the daily services our first responders provide the community. Representatives of the Decatur Police, Macon County Sheriff, Decatur Fire and Decatur Ambulance have all been invited to receive their recognition awards and thank you notes from the community. The public is encouraged to attend at the Central Park Stage.

Also, emcee and Macon County Board member, Tim Dudley, will be presenting posthumously in the memory of David Freyling; the David Freyling Community Impact Volunteer Award. In recognition of his thousands of hours volunteered for the good of our Macon County Veterans and community. Freyling passed away July 7, 2018 and was Chairman of the Macon County Veterans Assistance Commission. He had served as emcee and spokesman for Cruise 11, a long-time election judge, Red Cross Volunteer, Korea Veteran and Decatur Civic Center and Crimestoppers Board member and spearheaded many other community activities and fundraisers.

The annual award is being created in memory of Freyling. “In 2019, we will take nominations from the community and nominees will be reviewed by the committee according to their dedication and volunteerism in Macon County. Our plan is for this award to be a long-lasting legacy to Dave and honor others that exhibit such volunteerism,” according to Ayn Owens, creator of Cruise 11 and the Help 4 Heroes Fund. “We decided this year to honor Dave with a plaque that will be presented to his wife Jeannine.  Dave is missed daily by our staff and many others” said Kathie Powless, Superintendent of the VAC office.

Other activities for the day will include:

8am—Car/Bike Show registration begins--All vehicles are encouraged to participate in the car and motorcycle show. $11 is the entry fee. Goody Bags and magnetic dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.   

9:30am—Fleet Feet Freedom Fun Run will depart from Central Park. Donations will be accepted for Help 4 Heroes

10:30am—Vinnie’s Barbee Q will begin serving

Hudson's Halfway Home-will be there with information about their care of special needs puppies.

12 noon—Car/bike judging by Veterans and 1st responders (Top 10 Best in Show)

12 noon—PIZZAZZ Band will perform at Central Park Stage

2:30pm-- First Responder “Thank You” Awards Service and Show Awards

3pm--11-mile BG Nevitt Memorial yellow ribbon “Cruise.” Participants will be given yellow ribbons to show their support for our Troops, thank our Veterans and remember the tragedy of 9-11.  The Cruise will begin at the corner of West Main & Merchant streets and go West on Main Street to the Decatur Conference Center and will return on Main.

Registration forms are available by emailing or call (217) 791-1385. Donations to the Help 4 Heroes Fund will be accepted during the event.


  • Occurred Sunday, September 9th, 2018 @ 8:00 am


Central Park

North Park St.
Decatur, IL 62523

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