Chuck Ritz, Founder of Hope & Peace Foundation, creator of The Maryland 9/11Rolling Memorial and America’s 9/11 Living Classroom once again invited Maryland Gold Star Mothers to be Honorary Ride Captains in the 11th Annual 9/11 Patriot Day Ride. This ride was dedicated to Bill Schmittinger, who tragically lost his life after the ride last year.
Even though rain was torrential during the ride, still many participated throughout the course in Harford and Baltimore Counties. Gold Star Mothers Janice Chance, Donna Robinson, Theresa Karlson, Rosemarie Ceo, Yvonne Green, Tracy Miller, Gloria Crothers, Geraldine Pepper and Gold Star Dad Garry Green and Jim Scarborough participated in the ride. During the opening ceremony, Gold Star Mothers read the names of those Marylanders who perished on September 11, 2001.
We would like to thank Chuck Ritz, as well as Scott and Lynne Mallary of Truckin4Troops, who provided transportation to our Gold Star families throughout the ride and kept us warm and dry! Everyone had a wonderful time and we are truly grateful for those who continue to support the mission to NEVER FORGET!