24-Mile Bike Ride Organized to Honor Victims of 9/11 Attacks for 20th Anniversary

by Courtney Blackann

Americans everywhere felt enormous devastation when the events of 9/11 unfolded. The national tragedy is one of the largest since the 1942 attacks on Pearl Harbor. To honor the victims and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the events, the 9/11 National Memorial Trail Alliance is organizing a bike ride to the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The bike ride is the third annual trek organizers and participants will take honoring those who perished that September day. The trail will begin in Berlin, Pa. and continue to the crash site of Flight 93 in Storystown, Pa.

Additionally, anyone wanting to participate will be able to do so. The ride will be on September 18 beginning at 9 a.m., FOX News reported.

“This is where anyone can join a bike ride, take a private walk, or just sit, remember, and connect history with memories,’” New York City firefighter Tim Brown said in the article. “I think the Trail reminds us of the heroes lost, but for those of us who continued on, it reminds us of the courage to live more fully, more purposely.”

The bike ride will be 24 miles long. Those who take the ride will be honoring the lives of those lost in the attacks. Specifically, in the towers in New York along with those who were aboard four airplanes hijacked that day.

Shortly after 8 a.m. on September 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked with intentions of crashing into significant US structures. Flight 93 reversed its course from its original flight path. It was headed for Washington, D.C. Some of the 38 passengers onboard fought the hijackers and kept the plane from making it into the nation’s capital.

Flight 93 crashed, instead, into a field in Pennsylvania. There were no survivors.

9/11 Remembered

All over the country, people share their experiences of how the tragedy which consumed 3,000 Americans affected them. Whether it’s stating where they were that day or if they knew someone who died, the events of that day left no one untouched.

In another act of remembrance, a man decided to honor his late brother Stephen Siller. Siller was a first responder and died in the wreckage of the towers that day. Now, his brother Frank is taking an honor walk.

The man will walk a tasking 537 miles. His trek will begin at the Pentagon in Washington and continue to the Flight 93 crash site.

Along the way, he plans to take in the experience by visiting with first responders and their families along the way.

“I’m gonna go visit some very special firehouses, police stations, people who responded 20 years ago,” Frank said in a press conference.

The walk will be in collaboration with the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, an organization that seeks to continue to remember the nation’s heroes, victims and their families.