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Old 09-01-2008, 12:55 AM   #1
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Flight 93 Memorial

We went to the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial today. It was a very sobering visit. While the tragedy of 9-11-01 has always been real in our hearts and minds, visiting the memorial and seeing the pictures of the people who died on that plane, and hearing their stories, brought it home even more. If you are ever in southwestern Pennsylvania, look for it off of US 30, east of Somerset, just north of I-70. They are hoping to start building the permanent memorial next year. We got there just as the park ranger was finishing her presentation to a large group. We waited awhile but she didn't do another one, so I asked her if there would be another one. It was almost time for her to go home, and it was hot, so she said she would do it just for us (about halfway through, a couple others joined us) inside the little building they had there. That was so nice of her! It was a very enlightening presentation. I am posting the pictures I took today. I hope to come back someday to see the permanent memorial. There are many symbolic elements to the planned memorial, which will be a real tribute. For instance, the pathway you will walk in on follows the path of the plane. The walls will be the height of the plane. There will be a 93' tower with 40 (# of passengers and crew) windchimes. They will call it the Tower of Voices because voices were so instrumental (voices calling home on their phones, voices on the voice recorders, voices of the passengers making a plan, etc.).

Barbara
P.S. If you would like to contribute to the permanent memorial, you can either go to www.honorflight93.org or send it to:

Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign
c/o National Park Foundation
1201 Eye Street, NW, Suite 550 B
Washington, DC 20005

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Old 09-01-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:04 AM   #3
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Very sobering Barb!
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It was interesting to see how many people were there. It made me feel good that the people on that flight have not been forgotten. There were quite a few motorcyclists there. There were a couple guys who were particularly large and muscular. They hugged each other and said goodbye, then rode off. That touched me as well.

Also, there is something about that single name, "Debbie" that touched me.

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It's funny what touches us Barb - I can see how that would! It is good they are not forgotten! The last thing my ex BIL said to me before he passed was "don't forget me...it scares me that I will be forgotten". I drive by his grave several times a day...it's just a couple hundred feet from our house...I always tell him "hi".
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Aw man... tears are streaming down. Very touching. Barbara thank you for sharing these pictures with us. I for one will never forget.
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That is awesome!! What a wonderful thing, not just to remember the lost, but, for the families to see how people will never forget them either.
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Very touching pictures Barbara. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:08 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing Barb. It Was sobering, Ke.
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