Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

August 1, 2013

911 Memorial Ride returning here Aug. 16

Cumberland citizens, surrounding areas and Rocky Gap will have the opportunity to welcome and show their patriotism to the 9/11 Memorial Riders on Aug. 16.

I expect them around 8:15 a.m. in Cumberland and approximately 8:30 a.m. at Rocky Gap. They will continue their route as they did last year.

They will enter Cumberland from Route 36 and travel down Mechanic Street, making a left at the fire station and traveling out Frederick Street.

After making a right at Nave’s Crossroad they will continue onto the eastbound ramp at Interstate 68, then taking the exit for Rocky Gap State Park.

They will be parking in the lot behind the swimming area facilities. The riders need a brief stop before heading to Hagerstown. Last year there were just a few at the Park to greet them.

If you do not live in Cumberland, and have not witnessed this wonderful event please consider driving to Rocky Gap.

There is time to mingle with them and also look at their bikes. One rider last year had his favorite friend strapped on with him ... his dog ... who was thrilled to be there, I might add.

Color guards who will greet them will be Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172, who will provide bottled water, and also the Mountainside Marine Detachment 1071. Bowling Green Fire Department will provide the bucket fire truck and Cresaptown Fire Department will provide the large garrison flag.

If not possible to greet them in town, please come to the park and give them a warm greeting as they arrive at their stop. The riders were so happy with Rocky Gap last year and the beauty of the lake and park.

American’ 9/11 Foundation Inc. is dedicated to remembering the heroes, volunteers and victims who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 and since that time.

The ride takes place in August respecting each site and the survivors and allowing them to mourn in September.

The annual ride honors those lost at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa. and the Pentagon in Washington, and their journey ends at the Twin Towers site in New York City.

Harlan Smith

Cumberland

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