Philadelphia-area motorcyclists will have a special opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. But time is running out to register for the fifth annual Brothers for Flight 93 Memorial Ride.
Organized by Philadelphia Deputy Sheriff John Hamilton, the annual ride from Northeast Philadelphia to the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pa., raises money to benefit the construction of a permanent memorial at the crash site, along with a scholarship fund here in Philadelphia. It will be held on Sept. 3.
The pre-registration fee is $40 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, patch and pin, but only for the first 125 riders who sign up. Only a handful of packages remains, according to Hamilton. Those who register after the first 125 are not guaranteed a T-shirt, patch and pin.
Riders will also receive refreshments and snacks during the 250-mile trip and a barbecue following a visit to the crash site.
The ride will begin with a special 10th anniversary ceremony featuring a celebrity host at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, 7901 State Road, at 7:30 a.m.
In addition, a limited number of rooms have been reserved for riders at the Days Inn in Somerset, Pa. For information and booking, riders must call the hotel directly and request a “Brothers for Flight 93” room.
According to Hamilton, federal officials are planning to unveil the first phase of construction in the Flight 93 memorial this Sept. 11. President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend. Brothers for Flight 93 riders will get a preview one week in advance.
Also new this year, Brothers for Flight 93 is publishing a commemorative booklet and is seeking donors. In exchange for $100, donors will receive a full-page ad. Half pages are available for $50.
Online registration is available via www.brothersforflight93.com
Checks may be mailed to Brothers for Flight 93, 1026 Norvelt Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19115.
Call 215-817-5626 for information. ••