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.).
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