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10-13-09

Let's Roll - ABATE of PA Commemorates the Passengers and Crew of Flight 93

On Sunday, September 13, approximately 300 bikers rode to Shankesville, PA, not only to remember the events of September 11, 2001, but to show support to the families of those who lost their lives.

Led by Bill Foley, who coordinated this year's event, ABATE of PA members and supporters came from all corners of the state, to reflect, and to honor the heroes of Flight 93.

This year's Let's Roll raised over $2000, which will be used for the construction of a permanent memorial at the site. The permanent memorial will be dedicated in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

As stated by State Coordinator, Kevin Snyder, "Each Year, we ride here because of two debts we owe. The first is to the heroes whose blood stains this soil. The second is to our great-great grandchildren. The memorial that must be built here, and will be with your help, will be our way of telling them the story of this place, so that they, too, will understand why this is sacred ground, and so that they, too, will be able to draw inspiration from the sacrifice of heroes that took place here on September 11, 2001."

Although only 8 years old at the time, Rikki Stephens of the Clarion Chapter of ABATE of PA, shared her remembrance of 9/11, and described what she felt, and how it impacted her life.

"Let’s Roll" were the last words, via cell phone, by Todd Beamer, one of the passengers who bravely took control of the aircraft.

On behalf of ABATE of PA, Snyder and Foley thank all those that came out to remember, support, and contribute to the Let's Roll event.

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