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Sept. 11, 2001 Remembered: A Field Of Honor…

on September 11, 2019 - 8:23am

Tower of Voices, a 93-foot tall structure that when complete will hold 40 wind chimes, representing the 40 passengers and crew members who gave their lives 18 years ago today on United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn., during the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Courtesy/NPF

Tower of Voices when complete will hold 40 wind chimes, representing the 40 passengers and crew members who gave their lives on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn. Courtesy/NPF

 

By KATHERINE CHESSON
Vice President, Programs and Partnerships
National Park Foundation

On this day of remembrance and mourning, I want to share with you the only National Park Service park dedicated to remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001: Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn.

The story of United Airlines Flight 93 is a story of hope, courage, and unity. Eighteen years ago today, shortly after terrorists flew airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia, the 40 passengers and crew members on Flight 93 engaged in a battle in the sky over Pennsylvania.

These heroes fought back, thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. In a field southeast of Pittsburgh, they sacrificed their lives … and in doing so, they saved the lives of countless others.

What I find most moving is that the people on that airplane voted on whether to take action. They made a democratic decision to fight back against terrorism, defending our freedom and preventing even further loss of life.

The visitor’s center at Flight 93 National Memorial offers a full glimpse of the history of this special place. Visitors can also honor and pay respects to the 40 heroes who died on this tragic day in one of the 40 Memorial Groves scattered around the area, as well as pay homage at the Memorial Plaza at the crash site.

Thanks to our members, the National Park Foundation has donated more than $6 million in support of the Tower of Voices, a ninety-three-foot-tall structure that when complete will hold 40 wind chimes, representing the 40 passengers and crew members who gave their lives. 

If you are in the area, you might want to spend some time at Flight 93 National Memorial today. And if you aren’t nearby, you should think about planning a visit in the future …  whether on Sept. 11 or any time of year.

 

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