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  • Flight 93 Memorial

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on June 23rd, 2012 (All posts by )

    I recently visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. The park is new and well laid-out and highly recommended. There are signs off the highway to direct you to the park and it seemed very well attended when I was there, on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

    There are a series of introductory displays as you enter the park. This display shows the crew and passengers on Flight 93. You can see that there weren’t many of them that day.

    There were many parents with their children in hand. I could hear them trying to explain what the park was about, and it was difficult. September 11, 2001 was over ten years ago, and I have several nieces born since then, and other relatives too young to remember what 9/11 as it happened.

    The wall is made up of 40 panels, one for each of the crew and passengers who died that day. Prior to the wall there is a black angled wall of sorts that is lower and you can see over it. I heard one of the park rangers explain that the lower black wall was to keep visitors off the open field which is a memorial site yet let them see where it occurred.

    Flowers were left in front of several of the markers, and there were niches in the black wall prior to these panels where others laid out remembrances to soldiers, firefighters, and pilots.

    Here is a brochure from the park. I am going to give it to my parents since they probably won’t have a chance to visit Pennsylvania and see it in person. I highly recommend attending if you are in the area.

    Cross posted at LITGM

     

    5 Responses to “Flight 93 Memorial”

    1. Lexington Green Says:

      God bless them. They are the only people who successfully defended America on 9/11.

      I must visit this monument.

    2. Michael Kennedy Says:

      They are the reason why no American airliner will ever be hijacked again.

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      That airliner was bound for either the White House or Congress. And if a portion of Touching History is to believed 99-11 from ATC’s and pilot’s perspective) a quick thinking captain at Newark Airport – taxing out on the tarmac – and seeing the WTC burning, decided to head back – and they found some unclaimed luggage with al Queda documents in them.

      Have any of ytou seen the movie United 93?

      it was hard to watch for me.

      I would hope that I would have it in me to do what they did.

    4. Jason in LA Says:

      The first of the first responders.

    5. Michael Kennedy Says:

      A former brother-in-law who flew for United has told me that they found quite a few odd things on planes after 9/11. There were small holes drilled in the bulkhead between the forward first class head and the cockpit, suggesting that these were for observation. The unclaimed hand luggage story is well known among pilots. It also occurred in Detroit. The weakest link in the chain is ground handlers. Still, a plane might be destroyed but there will never be another one hijacked.

      My own review of Lynn Spencer’s book. It’s interesting to see the political and conspiracy theory reviews that attack her book. Her book is accurate and the negative reviews are lies or promoting an agenda.