Yesterday I returned to the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania for what was probably my 12th time, but who’s counting.
I find the story of the heroism of the passengers and crew on that hijacked United flight on 9-11 truly remarkable, and each visit to the crash site has brought further meaning to the events of that beautiful, early Fall day, which featured a deep blue sky. We were planting a front lawn that morning as events began to unfold.
The heroes onboard that historic flight likely saved the US Capitol Building, home to Congress in Washington, DC, from being at least partially destroyed. The other three planes hit the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon on that same fateful morning.
For 15 years, I updated a web page on my former web site with photos and news of all the events surrounding the development of the memorial site, as well as recording 3 videos of the important and meaningful memorial services in 2011 and 2016 which you will find linked here:
Yesterday’s 200-mile roundtrip was for a speaker’s series presentation by two of the key air traffic controllers who were working on that fateful day, Mal Fuller (Pittsburgh) and John Werth (Cleveland).
The final phase in the planned development of the Flight 93 Memorial as a National Park will be the dedication of the “Tower of Voices” on Sunday September 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM. You can see the 93-foot tall tower in this photo I took yesterday which will feature 40 wind chimes that will lend a voice to the passengers and crew.
Getting back to the title of this blog, “93 Trees” represents the large scale tree planting effort that has been underway. To date, over 100,000 tree seedlings have been planted over 145 acres in a further effort to reclaim the former strip mine site, even beyond the existing landscape design and wildflower plantings.
You can learn more about the “Friends of Flight 93” and support their tree planting effort by visiting here. If you’ve never visited the Flight 93 Memorial, it's not far from the Somerset exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Below is an array of photos related to Flight 93 that I’ve taken since 2001