Flight 93 victims remembered after bin Laden's death confirmed
Remembrances line the fence at the site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA.
May 3, 2011 ·
The news of U.S. military forces killing Osama bin Laden brought visitors to 9-11 memorials across the country, including the site in PA where Flight 93 crashed in a field after passengers tried to overtake the plane from four terrorists.
This story has been updated to correct an earlier version that incorrectly listed Ethel Rainey's last name as Riley.
Ethel Rainey of Ohio
was in the area for her sister's 80th birthday and said they had to come to the
site after they heard Osama bin Laden was dead.
"There's no way we would have missed this, so it was
the first thing on our mind, we just came right on out here and drove out," Rainey said. "To me, this is where the real heroes
are. These are the people who saved so
many people. They're close to our hearts and God bless all of them."
The attacks on September 11, 2001, are not
as clear to some younger visitors. College
students from nearby Frostburg University were in fourth grade
when Flight 93 went down.
"My name is Destiny Mason and I'm from Chesapeake
Beach Maryland. I never knew
this actually happened," she said. "I didn't know we were
this close. I'm trying to fight back the tears, but I'm glad to be
Soon this site will be a place where people can learn about
Flight 93. The old metal scrap yard and
reclaimed coal strip mine is now part of the National Park Service, and the new
memorial will be dedicated this September 10, 2011. Keith Newlin is the park's superintendent.
"We have the area where the plane went into the ground,
the impact site and that's where the flag is out and that's been left untouched
by our developer and around that is about 65 acres of debris field and still
the remains of the passenger and crew," said Newlin.
Newlin says this memorial is a cemetery. It will feature a long black and white
marble wall with the names of the victims etched in the stone. For now a gravel lot and chain link fence above
the field serve as a memorial decorated with flowers, signs and small U.S. flags.