Oklahoma horsemen arrive in Pennsylvania

Monday, July 15th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) _ A group of Oklahoma horsemen arrived Monday at the site in Pennsylvania where a jetliner hijacked by terrorists crashed on Sept. 11.

Tim Myers, one of the four riders who had traveled almost 1,200 miles on horseback to reach the site, said the ground has spiritual significance.

``I had chills running down my spine,'' said Myers, a cowboy poet who was wearing leather chaps and a wide-brimmed hat. ``They're heroes. I feel proud to call them my countrymen.''

The members of the Oklahoma Western Heritage group left Oklahoma City on April 19, the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, for New York. The riders hoped to travel 110 miles a week and raise money for the Sept. 11 terrorist victims.

Relatives of all passengers and crew members of United Flight 93 are expected to attend a ceremony at the rural crash site on the anniversary of the attacks.

Only about half of the families have made their way to the remote site, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Most arrived the week following Sept. 11.

Flight 93 was the only one of four planes hijacked Sept. 11 that did not claim a life on the ground. Investigators believe passengers fought with their captors before the plane, which may have been headed toward a target in Washington, crashed near Shanksville.