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America's 9/11 Ride to pass through Franklin Co. this week

August 15, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Less than a month before the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, residents of Franklin County will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Participants in the 2011 America's 9/11 Ride are scheduled to travel through Chambersburg on their motorcycles between 1 and 2 p.m. on Thursday. Members of the community are invited to come out and cheer them on as they pass by Memorial Square on U.S. 30.

"We would like them to show us some support," said Franklin County resident, Rita Byers, who will be participating in the 9/11 ride, along with her husband, Robert.

The Byerses are just a few of the people who will be departing Gettysburg, Pa., at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. They'll pass through Franklin County before arriving in Somerset, Pa., between 4 and 4:30 p.m. The day of riding culminates with a ceremony at the crash site in Shanksville at 6 p.m.

The weekend continues with a trip to the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. on Friday, followed by a ride to New York City on Saturday. The 11th annual event comes to a close with a ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center (Ground Zero) on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 21.

Chambersburg's fire department will have two trucks parked on each side of Lincoln Highway West, near The New Texas Lunch. They'll form a ladder arch for the participants to ride through.  An honor guard is expected on Memorial Square, and plenty of American flags should be on display as well.

Similar demonstrations are being planned in Fayetteville, Pa., and St. Thomas, Pa., along U.S. 30.

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