Friday, July 13, 2018

Flight 93 National Memorial: Shanksville, Pennsylvania

We just returned from a 3200 km road trip. It was a quite an adventure.  Our ultimate destination was North Carolina  (Outerbanks) with  stops along the way, including a few days in Washington D.C.

En route to D.C. we stopped at United Airlines Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  This memorial is operated by the National Parks Service and honors the 40 passengers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  It is believed that the hijacker's target was Washington, D.C. and the passengers, in an act of courage, thwarted this mission.  The Memorial in Shanksville honours the memory of these heroes and provides the context surrounding the events of 9/11 and its lasting impact.  

The memorial starts at the visitor center. The walking path, as seen below, demonstrates the flight path. 
 Below is the view of the crash site from the visitor overlook.

The heroes.

The name of each passenger is honoured the memorial wall.

From ground level you can see a boulder.  This the marker for the crash site.
We had not pre-planned on visiting the memorial, but it is one of those unexpected stops that happen on a road trip.  Lily and I had recently seen the musical Come From Away about the 9/11 flights that landed in Gander, Newfoundland when US air space closed. She had many questions and the Flight 93 Memorial answered some and provoked more.

"A common field one day. A field of honor forever."

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