On a recent trip to central Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to visit and pay my respects to the forty American heroes who lost their lives when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a meadow near Shanksville, PA at 10:03 am.
For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to visit the memorial site, here's a peek. It's still a work in progress, with better access to the point of impact in the future plans. Care must be taken for the surrounding area as the debris field was wide, and out of respect, the National Park Service doesn't want millions of feet trampling just anywhere. Understandable.
|The entrance is off Hwy 30, |
twenty-five miles west of Bedford, PA.
|The surrounding area is so peaceful and lovely it's hard to imagine the violence of the crash.|
A series of placards tells the story.
A glimpse at future plans.
|Old Glory stands sentinel.|
|A long walled walkway leads to the white marble wall that marks the flight path.|
|The white marble wall marks the flight path of Flight 93 and is inscribed with the names of the thirty-three passengers and seven crew members.|
|A boulder now marks the point of impact. Family members are allowed to leave memorial tributes via a walkway that originates through a break in the marble wall.|
| A common field one day. |
A field of honor forever.
The heroes of United Airlines Flight 93.
Rest in Peace
To find out more about the memorial, visit the National Parks website. Their photos are much better than mine.