America is only a few days away from September 11th, a day which people hold dear to their hearts and will never forget. It has been 21 years since we crowded around televisions and radios, yet we can still remember exactly where we were at that precise time like it was yesterday.
Although we would like to forget the events as well as the feelings and what we saw that morning, we hold the lives of those lost in our hearts forever…lives that cannot and should not be forgotten.
Road Scholar Transport is proud to operate a fleet of awareness trucks, traveling the country to help spread hope and awareness. Among these are Road Scholar’s Flight 93 and Rolling Memorial trucks.
About the Rolling Memorial
The Rolling Memorial, which debuted in time for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks, travels our nation every day asking passersby “Have You Forgotten?” the title to a Darryl Worley’s country song.
It started back in 2003 by John Holmgren and his wife as a way of paying tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Working with Road Scholar Transport, John Holmgren teamed up with Road Scholar president Jim Barrett to bring awareness back on the road.
On one side of the tractor, dubbed “Unit 911,” lays an image of the Freedom Tower. On the other side written in red are the names of the 1st responders, creating the red stripes in the Flag of Honor with the Statue of Liberty in the background. The hood of the tractor displays an enlarged version of the 9/11 Heroes Stamp.
The trailer, which has brought tears to many eyes, contains the names (nearly 3,000) of all those who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 events. These names surround an image of the World Trade Center, which overlay the American flag in the center of the trailer.
Each corner of the trailer pays tribute to one of the planes that were hijacked (Flight 93, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and Flight 173), with a list of the crew and passengers who passed away on each particular flight.
Road Scholar’s Rolling Memorial truck has had the pleasure of participating in several events and parades across the country. Among those include:
- On Sept. 11, 2016, a crowd gathered at East Stroudsburg University of PA where disabled first responder James Hagner strapped on a harness and pulled the tractor trailer to help raise money for the FealGood Foundation. The Foundation aims to assist 9/11 first responders who were injured and their families, along with helping to spread awareness about the catastrophic health effects 9/11 had on these individuals.
- Transferring a 778 lb. piece of steel from the World Trade Center from Shanksville, PA to Tennessee, stopping at two locations: the first Downtown Savannah, TN for Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run, where the WTC artifact was displayed, and second, to Pickwick Landing State Park for another concert.
- JFK Airport Ball Field appearance to remember and pay respect to all those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.
About the Flight 93 Truck
United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Stonycreek Township, PA when passengers took it upon themselves to try to regain control of the plane from terrorists, saving the Capitol building, the terrorist’s intended target, from destruction.
Forty innocent lives were lost that day. Each of those individual’s names are displayed on Road Scholar’s Flight 93 Memorial Fund trailer, traveling nationwide to memorialize those passengers and to spread awareness of the 93 Cents for Flight 93 fund.
- The HALO Foundation of Akron, OH, whose mission is to “offer HOPE to the afflicted through the generosity of Service & Charity, involving intergenerational support from seniors to children,” conducted a drive in 2013 to help aid those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy, collecting over 280 18-gallon totes of donations which included pet supplies, hygiene products, office supplies, clothing, and food, along with letters of encouragement written by local students and senior citizens. Working with JW Didado, Jersey Central Power and Light, and Rubber City Radio, the HALO Foundation was able to sort and pack the items which was distributed to the Barrier Islands in NJ in Road Scholar Transport’s Flight 93 awareness truck.
- Escorting a bus trip to Shanksville for the 10th anniversary of the attacks and completion of the first phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Visit Road Scholar’s awareness page for the other great causes we are spreading awareness for.