A few months ago my son and I visited the Flight 93 National Memorial. It was a crisp bluebird day – similar to the weather on 9/11. Today feels like the right time to share the experience with all of you.
Somber, sweeping, compelling, heartbreaking, powerful and peaceful – the memorial was built in two parts. The first is the Visitor’s Center, adjacent to the crash site, which was unveiled on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It is a tough, though necessary, place to visit. Each and every visitor was appropriately rendered speechless.
The second unveiled in 2015 overlooking the memorial and the field behind it. The curving walls in the photos are aligned to the flight path of the doomed aircraft filled with the 40 heroes who diverted the plane from further catastrophe. Access to the crash site is granted only to family members that enter through a simple and solid wooden gate. There was a family there on the day of our visit. I cannot imagine the cacophony of emotions they were experiencing.
This memorial is not super convenient to visit. Go anyway. We coupled it with a trip to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent Fallingwaters and his perfect house on a hill Kentuck Knob. It made both of us a little sad that there were so few visitors to this off the beaten track memorial. These 40 people made the ultimate sacrifice 20 years ago today. Please go visit them when you can.
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