Billy Joel Takes Center Stage At 9/11 Memorial

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September 11, 2013 | 11:20am EST

Billy Joel was in the spotlight at the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City on Wednesday morning after he was asked to lead a motorcycle parade to the Ground Zero site.
The Piano Man, who was born and raised in New York, rode a bike alongside the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and reality TV star Paul Teutul, Jr., leading a convoy of firefighters to the site where the World Trade Center once stood in downtown Manhattan.
The procession rode from the Rescue 1 firehouse on West 43rd Street to Ground Zero, where thousands perished in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Joel admits he felt honored to be part of the annual ceremony at the site, telling the New York Daily News, “They invited me to be in the motorcycle ride. It’s an honor. 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.”