NEW YORK - A group of motorcycle riders from Long Island took part in a memorial trip to all three sites affected by the Sept. 11 attacks in an effort to raise awareness and money for the families who lost loved ones.
About a dozen local bikers gathered in Westchester County and headed to their first stop - Schnecksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed. Their next stop was the Pentagon, and the three-day, 1,000-mile trip concluded with an emotional visit to Ground Zero.
Richard Pannavaia, of Port Jefferson Station, was there for the whole ride. Pannavaia worked for an insurance company that was on the 35th floor of Tower 2. He managed to escape the building half an hour before it collapsed.
Pannavaia says he made the trip in honor of his fallen friend Joe Hunter, a New York City firefighter.
"I have his picture on my motorcycle, and I have it with me the entire ride," he says.
A total of more than 2,000 bikers from across the country took part in the memorial ride. Organizers say the event raised more than $150,000.