HAGERSTOWN - Karen Pentito sank into depression after Sept. 11, and has harbored anxiety over the attacks in the five years since, which is why she decided to see the sites of each plane crash this weekend along with about 600 other motorcyclists participating in the sixth America's 9/11 Ride, which stopped Friday in Hagerstown.
"I personally have been wanting to do this for years to get a little bit of closure about what happened," said Pentito, 59, standing beside her husband, Joe Pentito. The Amherst, Ohio, couple, who have been motorcyclists since the 1960s, rode into Prime Outlets at Hagerstown Friday on a Harley-Davidson trike.
The lunchtime stop for gas and food off Sharpsburg Pike came after the group began their trek Friday from Somerset, Pa. - the site of the United Airlines Flight 93 crash. Motorcyclists - escorted by police - planned to visit the Pentagon Friday night, and end their trip today at ground zero in New York City, said Bill Viggiani, executive director of America's 9/11 Foundation Inc., which coordinates the trip. The ride is held to support first responders, and to remind Americans to "never forget" the Sept. 11 attacks, he said.