|On Friday Tom and I travel to the Flight 93 Memorial. On September 11, 2001, our world was changed when two planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, another was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Then word came that there was a fourth plane. All fights were ordered to land. However, Flight 93, on its way from Newark, NJ to California, was hijacked over Pennsylvania and turned headed to Washington DC to crash either into the Capital Building or the White House. As the passengers and flight crew were calling their love ones they learned of the events of this morning. They took a vote to stop this plane from getting to Washington DC. Over the fields of Western Pennsylvania they charged the hijackers. The plane turned upside down and traveling 580 miles an hour crashed into this field. The docent said their were two men working nearby who witnessed the crash. She said the ground shook and there was a single plumb of smoke.
The park service is in the process of building a permanent memorial at this site to be dedicated on September 11, 2011....the 10th anniversary of these events. We were there on Friday after work had ceased for the week. It was quite except for the sound of the wind blowing in our ears. Very moving as we looked down on the site. The white wall in the picture is the memorial and will have the names of those on board Flight 93. This wall follows the flight path and the bale of hay marks the point of impact. Eventually there will be a tower 40 to 50 feet tall.......the altitude of the flight as it crashed.
This memorial was very moving to both of us....for over an hour we were both lost in our thoughts of the events of September 11, 2011 and of these brave men and women and the sacrifice they made for our country.
Lest we forget.