Since my first forays into the blogging world at the age of 14—back when the most important thing in my life was whether or not that cute boy in class liked me or if the Lakers won so that my dad would let me attend our teenage versions of Studio 54—I very rarely strayed from writing about my own personal memories, gripes, musings… & most recently food obsessions. This post, however, is about something much more substantial and infinitely more meaningful.
Ride with the 40, a cross-country motorcycle ride originating in 2009, is a living and moving memorial aimed at honoring the heroic actions of the passengers on United Flight No. 93. The trip will complete the route that the original flight was scheduled to take on September 11, 2001 from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Francisco International Airport.
The first RW40 was conceived and executed in 2009 by Ken Nacke and others who lost loved ones on Flight 93. Starting with six core riders, they were later joined by hundreds of motorcyclists, raising over $125,000 for the Flight 93 National Memorial.
The Ride continues to expand its scope in 2010 and 2011. On each of the eight legs of the 3,250-mile ride, 40 registered motorcyclists will ride in the name of one of the 40 heroes of Flight 93. With the help of a documentary team, expanded site and mobile apps, the nation will follow their efforts.
The fundraising goal for RW40 2010 is $1 million. The Families of Flight 93 (FOF93), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, are working in coordination with the National Park Service to help build the memorial, renew the historic landscape, and promote a deeper understanding of the events of September 11. Dedication of the Memorial is scheduled to take place on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001.
They are currently only $5k short of their goal. If you would like to donate to this impressive and admiral event, please visit www.RideWithThe40.org. You can also find further information on ways to donate, volunteer and even participate as a rider on their Fact Sheet.
The initial test ride will be happening in a few short days. If you’d like to follow the event’s two test dummies on their cross-county trip, visit their blog here.
Maraming salamat for any help you guys can give. ♥