Today marks a special day in Pennsylvania and US history.
It’s the day a former coal mine became hallowed ground as 40 passengers and crew on United Flight 93 learned of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and suddenly realized their flight was likely a flying bomb headed for the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
They had a meeting and decided to join forces to take control of their hijacked 767 in one of the greatest shows of bravery imaginable. As they fought to take over control in the cockpit, their plane flipped and crashed in Somerset County near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The story of Flight 93 has always held great fascination for this student of history, whose Pennsylvania roots extend deep, over 200 years on each side of my family.
As a Son of the American Revolution, I also lost a paternal uncle on another hallowed battlefield in Pennsylvania known as Gettysburg, and it was through many trips there with my father that I gained a deep respect and understanding for valor, sacrifice and remembrance.
Today, seventeen years later on September 11th 2018, we remember the crew, 40 passengers and unborn child of Flight 93.
We will always remember.
I traveled to the Flight 93 National Memorial to record this video of the ‘Tower of Voices’ dedication ceremony two days ago.