Monday, October 19, 2009
While we were in Gettysburg, we found out that it was just a short drive over to Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 went down on 9-11. We made a decision to go visit the site and contribute to the funds towards the permanent memorial. It was a very sobering site but also one that made us all "fill with pride" over the heroic actions of the passengers that fateful day.
There are many granite memorials at the site - from hometowns of the passengers to the Patriot Riders. They will eventually either be place permanently in the memorial or will go into a museum.
People leave all kinds of treasures on the fence around the "makeshift" visitors center. Someday, the permanent memorial will be build and these items will go into a museum.
A man in Pennsylvania made these wooden angles for each passenger and flight crew on board of Flight 93 that day. One had sea shells around the base and the Park Ranger told that this young woman loved going to the ocean and when her family visits, they always bring sea shells when they visit the site.
The flag in the field represents the area where the plane actually went down. It is a private area for family members only and will never be open to the public.
Below is a link to the site which shows the plans for the permanent memorial.
Take care! Thanks for letting me share our journeys with you all.