Larry & Cheryl's 2016 Travels travel blog

Heading east past forests

Cresting a hill overlooking a valley below

Here we are

The surrounding area

A National Memorial

A map of the area

Heading toward the Visitor Center

Visitor Center

The Story

The passengers and crew

What happened on the ground

After the crash

View of the path

Field of Honor

The Visitor Center from below near the field

The Flight Path

The cockpit recorder

Fighting back

Outside display of passengers and crew

Doing something

The Crater from the crash

The Investigation

The Clues

The boulder marks the crash site

The wall of names

Gate for the families to visit the crash site

Design of the Memorial depicts the flight path

Wall of Names honoring the passengers and crew

Closer view of Wall of Names

Famous name

There are tokens of remembrance, love & appreciation everywhere

In 2006, we accidentaly found the crash site for Flight 93. At that time there was a makeshift memorial and a kiosk with a Ranger at the site. They just had several scrapbooks with snapshots and there was a chain link fence that was covered with mementos, ball caps, flowers, notes, teddy bears, et cetera.

Since we are not far from the site now, we wanted to see the new Memorial. It is now a National Memorial, part of the National Parks System, dedicated to the brave souls that fought the terrorists and gave their lives to prevent the plane from crashing elsewhere on 09/11/2001.

Here is the website for the National Memorial for Flight 93.

The walls above on the hill (including the visitor center) and the Wall of Names (below) depict the flight path of the plane, pointing where it hit in the field and caused a crater 15 feet deep and 30 feet across. That doesn’t seem like a very large crater for a plane that size, so it probably hit straight down.

We went into the visitor center and were reading all the information, which was very emotional, but when we got to the display that looked like the backs of airplane seats with the telephones on the back, we could pick up a phone and listen to the actual recordings of the passengers. That proved too much for both of us and we had to leave. There were many others in the visitor center with tears in their eyes.

We went outside to the crash site and to see the Wall of Names. There is a large boulder that marks the crash site but we could not see the crater. There are lovely wildflowers growing all around that softens the sense of the tragedy. There is a gate that the families of the victims can enter to visit the crash site, not open to the public.

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