Tomorrow morning, America’s 9/11 Ride will continue its tradition of passing through Cumberland on its way from the flight 93 crash site at Shanksville, Pa., to the Pentagon and then to the World Trade Center site.
Cumberland’s contribution to this tradition is to have its citizens turn out in force to greet them on the way through.
Several hundred motorcycle riders and their passengers are expected to pass through Cumberland between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m.
They come from all across America and even from Canada. Each year they tell us that the greeting they receive during their passage through Cumberland is a highlight of their trip.
Our residents and business people line the streets, cheering and waving American flags, and the riders look at this as positive reinforcement of their goal — to remember and honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The ride is held each year in August as a means of respecting each site of the attacks and the survivors, allowing them to mourn on the actual anniversary in September.
A small group of bikes will come through ahead of the main group. When you hear them coming, you’ll know the rest are on the way.
The riders will proceed to Cumberland and enter the city on Route 36 and turn left onto Frederick Street at the police and fire station on Mechanic Street.
They will turn right at Nave’s Crossroad and continue onto the eastbound ramp of Interstate 68, where they will proceed to Rocky State Park for a brief stop before heading to Hagerstown.
We’re proud of these riders, and we’re proud of the way our citizens respond to them each year.