Motorcycle Ride to Pay Tribute to Flight 93 Heroes

Nine years after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, a group of motorcycle riders is planning a journey across America in order to pay a tribute to the 40 heroes who died in freedom's name that day.

The journey is called "Ride with the Forty," and it honors the 40 passengers and crew members who diverted United Flight 93 away from its intended target - Washington, DC - instead crashing in a Shanksville, PA field. The riders will complete the flight path over land beginning in Newark and ending in San Francisco.

"Ride with the Forty" will start at 8:42 am, which is the original departure time for Flight 93, at Newark Liberty International Airport on September 3, stop in Shanksville later that day, and end at San Francisco on September 11. People will be able to place tribute items on the traveling memorial and make donations toward the construction of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial.

"'Ride with the Forty' will finish what the 40 heroes could not. We hope that people will join us as we ride to complete their intended flight path and remember their great sacrifice," said Ken Nacke, member of the Families of Flight 93.

"The traveling temporary Flight 93 memorial is a powerful reminder of the courageous, final act of the 40 passengers and crew,"
said Patrick White, vice president of the Families of Flight 93. "By taking it with us, we hope to remind America that those who died in freedom's name on September 11 must always be remembered."

Among the expected stops are:
  • Joliet, Illinois (September 4)
  • Omaha, Nebraska (September 5)
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming (September 7)
  • Reno, Nevada (September 9)
  • Union City, California (September 10)
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