Letís Roll Memorial Ride to Shanksville
By Bob Handwork
Sunday, September 18, 2016, was the ABATE of Pennsylvania "Letís Roll" Memorial ride to Shanksville. It was the 15th Anniversary to honor the heroes of Flight 93. Motorcyclists joined in the benefit run meeting at Highland Harley-Davidson in Somerset, PA. Highland Harley-Davidson was open for this event from noon to 2:00 P.M. when the ride pulled out of their parking lot heading for the National Memorial. It was a scenic ride thanks to the Somerset County ABATE Chapter members which handled the blocking of traffic for the ride to the Flight 93 National Memorial. This year we ended the ride at the new Visitor Center Complex which was completed mid September 2015.
On the morning of 9/11/2001, the highjacked Flight 93 crashed into a field in Somerset County near Shanksville, PA, killing the 40 innocent passengers and flight crew. "Letís Roll" are the last words via cell phone by Todd Beamer, one of the passengers who bravely stormed the hijackers and helped to prevent the terrorists from targeting yet another Washington, D.C. site. The Flight 93 Memorial Act of 2002 created the National Memorial as an historic opportunity to honor the citizen heroes and to share the story of their courage. It is a monument to the very best of American character, a place where future generations can come to learn about how the actions of a few people can make a profound and lasting difference. These individuals were true heroes. They averted further tragedy, confusion, and chaos and thwarted those who would do harm to our nation. These were average, everyday Americans who gave their lives to save countless more. That courage reminds us that we are part of something greater than ourselves, that there are things in this world more important than ourselves. The American spirit lives on.
ABATE of PA is a Founding Sponsor of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Flight 93 National Memorial Fund, a project of the National Park Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations were collected at the beginning of the ride to help sponsor the Flight 93 National Memorial. The 2016 donation from ABATE of PA to the Flight 93 National Memorial Fund totaled $140.00. Along with the donations collected this year, ABATE of PA has donated more than $18,750.00 over the past several years to help fund the Flight 93 National Memorial.
ALLIANCE OF BIKERS AIMED TOWARD EDUCATION better known as ABATE of PA is a statewide alliance of bikers dedicated to the protection of the individual rights of motorcyclists through the political changes, charitable works and public education.