Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shanksville, Pennsylvania: Flight 93 Memorial

Shanksville, Pennsylvania, was put on the American history map for good on September 11, 2001, when a brave group of passengers forced a hijacked plane to crash into the countryside rather than completing an attack. An instant memorial has gone up to honor those on that flight, pending work on a finished project.

The current memorial overlooks the crash site, which is fenced and closed off from the public. Many have come to leave memorabilia as a tribute; it's quite moving in a personal sort of way.

The picture is taken from the memorial at the crash location. The road isn't far from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and it's perhaps 30 minutes from Johnstown. If by chance you are in the relatively immediate area, you definitely should stop.

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