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Billy Joel Joins Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Motorcycle Parade to 9/11 Memorial

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Bu Jon Wiederhorn

To show their support for the families and friends of those who lost their lives on 9/11, Billy Joel and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo led firefighters in a motorcycle ride to to the 2013 ceremonies at Ground Zero.

Joel rode a blue-and-white drifter and Cuomo straddled a black Harley-Davidson as they rode with dozens of bikers from the Rescue 1 firehouse to the ceremonies.

Joel, who performed at "America: A Tribute to Heroes" in 2001, received a personal invitation from Cuomo to join him on the ride. "He’s the quintessential New York citizen who never forgot where he came from," Cuomo told the New York Daily News.

"It's an honor," Joel responded. "I was at Ground Zero a few days after 9/11 and it was the worst thing I ever saw in my life. To be asked to do this is very moving."

Before the ride began, Joel posed for photos with the firemen, many of whom are lifelong fans. "They got hit hard," Joel said. "These are all good men. It was a very, very sad day, and they lost a lot of people. It's still an open wound."

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