Flight 93 Memorial

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When you hear the words 9/11 what flashes in your mind? Is it the picture of the plane hitting the second tower, the towers crashing down, the Pentagon on fire, or the smoldering remnants of Flight 93?

On a recent trip to Pennsylvania, Randy requested that we stop by the Flight 93 Memorial.

As you drive through the entrance you are immediately touched by the peacefulness of the surroundings. The 3 mile drive to the memorial are marked by fields of wildflowers and calming ponds.Flight 93 FieldAfter we parked we noticed all the black: black sidewalks, black seating.

Flight 93 Memorial ReviewOff in the distance we could see slabs of white marble.

Flight 93 MemorialsOur first stop was the area temporarily set up with a written history of the day and pictures of all the people that were part of Flight 93’s story and their hometowns.

Flight 93 MemorialAs we began our meditative walk toward the marble stones we passed through acres and acres of wildflowers blowing in the gentle breeze. Every little while cut out of the black stone were receptacles for visitors to the park to place items that represented what the sacrifice of Flight 93 meant to that person. As we approached the marble I noticed that each one had a name on it representing the men and women on Flight 93.

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Flight 93We were fortunate enough that a park ranger was stationed in that area, as she was able to explain the significance of everything. The area was at one time a coal mine that is why the black stone forms the walkway.

The slabs of marble were each cut out of 40 individual marble pieces and than inscribed with each of the hero’s names. They were then placed not touching each other but with just inches of separation. This represents the fact that it was a group of individuals who do not know each other, who made a commitment to come together for the greater good.

Flight 93 9-11 MemorialThe marble stones were then located on the flight path of the airplane as it made its final hurdle to the ground. When it struck and exploded, the hemlock trees in the area were caught in the huge firestorm and burned. So they have placed at the end of the flight path a wooden gate made from hemlock. Each slate of the gate is the size of a railroad tie with space between to view the crash site.

Flight 93 Sept. 11 MemorialThe site itself is marked by a large bolder and is not approachable by anybody except the families of the heroes. The reason for this is that this is the final resting place of those people aboard that plane that knew what they were facing and despite the danger for themselves carried through their one final act in this world.

Flight 93 September 11 MemorialThe architect for this park should be commended for the thoughtfulness placed into this project.

When the Flight 93 memorial is completed it will be a fitting tribute to those courageous enough to do what I hope I would do in the same situation.

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  1. Karen Propes says:

    It sounds so beautiful. Thanks for the pictures and the review. It one of the sites of one of the saddest days in our History, where so many innocent people were targeted by some that most had never heard of or why we were hated so much. It’s hard to explain to a child, especially when all the other recent shootings and such have been happening. At least there is a place where the families of these victims can go for a prayer.

  2. Maralea says:

    What a great memorial for all of those brave people.

  3. How beautiful.

  4. Becky Greene says:

    What a meaningful memorial and a fitting tribute to these true heroes. 9/11 was such a horrific day, but if the Capitol building had been destroyed… thanks to these individuals, we did not have to face that, too. I hope they truly realized that they had won before the end came.

  5. Rich Hicks says:

    Hope to one day visit and pay my respects. Horrible time in the history of this country.

  6. This would be amazing to see. I love how the placed the marble slabs an inch apart and the meaning behind it. Thank you for sharing.

  7. I never heard of this memorial either. How beautiful

  8. Maria Malaveci says:

    I was not aware of this memorial. Thank you so very much for sharing it…. :)

  9. Joni Mason says:

    I’m so glad they have a memorial here honoring these brave men and women. I hope to visit it in the near future. Thank you for sharing!

  10. saminder gumer says:

    it is beautiful there, but sad to think about what happened. i remember the day that it happened and where i was. i was in shock and turned on the tv once i heard about it. still can’t believe there are people out there who would do such a thing.

  11. Christina Kelbel says:

    Beautiful memorial, I would love to see it in person.

  12. What a gorgeous memorial. Thanks for sharing.

  13. What a beautiful memorial. Your pictures gave me goosebumps. I’d love to see it in person one day.

  14. Wow, I have not been there foe a few years and it has really changed. the last time we were there there was a billboard with mementos from visitors, there were wooden angels with each of the passengers names and benches withe there names. Visitors had left memorials everywhere, wrote on the guardrails, left rosaries and coins. It was a very solemn place.

  15. I to would like to go to the sight to seethe memorial

  16. I think this is something that every American should see.

  17. A day that America will never forget….

  18. This is such a beautiful memorial. I always get so sad around this time of year and think about all of those brave people that lost their lives and their families. I’m glad that they were able to at least build something where people can visit, especially families, and pay their respects.

  19. What a beautiful memorial. So much thought put into creating it to honour and remember all those about that flight.

  20. I am amazed & so, so happy about all of the thought that went into every single aspect of the memorial. What a beautiful way to remember such a sad piece of our history.

  21. I am really touched by how thoughtfully they created this monument. Everything has meaning and significance. What a wonderful way to remember.

  22. Now I’m tearing up. I like that they kept part of the memorial private for just the loved ones of those who lost their lives there. I think they did this in a way that was tasteful and as respectful as possible to the privacy of the families.

  23. Such a great memorial, it’s incredible….

  24. How sad & beautiful. An amazing place to remember those who lost their lives.

  25. Christy Maurer says:

    This is a beautiful memorial full of meaning. My son and I are watching a special on 9/11 on natgeo right now. It still makes me cry. I will never forget that day. If you haven’t read the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I highly recommend it. I haven’t seen the movie. I’d rather just have the beauty of the book in me.

  26. Cynthia Ravenshaw says:

    Such a sad day. I was in grad school and I came home that night to be with my family. I just remember being glued to the television. I think the memorial is beautiful. I’m glad that something eternal is there marking what happened.

  27. What great thought, devotion, love and reverence was put in this memorial.

  28. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Very Touching !

  29. I am a 9/11 “conspiracy theorist”, however, I will not mar this post any longer. This is a wonderful gesture towards the families of those who lost their loved ones on that fateful day. While no memorial can replace the lives that were lost, I hope they take comfort in the fact the rest of the nation will certainly never forget.

  30. Trasina McGahey says:

    It’s beautiful. I love the big rock and the area cleared to walk to it and thing it’s great that only the families can go there.

  31. DARLA KIDDER says:

    I will never forget that day because it’s my birthday 9/11 but even though it’s a somber day I still celebrate my birthday but it took me a long while to feel like celebrating , I always feel so sad about the people who lost their lives that day.

  32. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    What a peaceful place. Somehow that it a relief knowing what happened there.

  33. Lot of controversy over this memorial. I’ve heard good and bad things about it. The one thing we must never do is forget those who lost their lives to defend ours.

  34. So beautiful and tastefully done. Thank you.

  35. Richard Hicks says:

    A most fitting memorial to say the least. That was a horrible day in the history of our country. I was home when they interrupted programming and witnessed the planes slamming into the towers. Sent chills down my spine thinking about all those people inside.

  36. Jennifer Marie says:

    wasn’t aware of this place-thanks for making me aware.

  37. What an amazing tribute!

  38. Betty Baez says:

    Wow! What an amazing memorial I love the the marble slabs are placed a few inches apart I love e meaning behind it, so beautiful and peaceful

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