Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Flight 93 Memorial

We road tripped with friends out to Pittsburgh over Memorial Day Weekend (I'm quite behind in blogging, I know...).  Our friend Greg had a detailed itinerary which had our first stop at the Flight 93 Memorial on the way out of DC.

The visitor center is situated on a hill overlooking the crash site.  The walkway leading to an observation platform and the Wall of Names are both aligned beneath the path of Flight 93.  It's a beautiful but very somber place.

The 40 Memorial Groves, one for each of the passengers and crew, radiate along the road from the visitor center down toward the Memorial Plaza.

The Memorial Plaza marks the edge of the crash site, which is the final resting place of the passengers and crew.  A boulder marks the site of impact.

The Wall of Names consists of 40 individual marble panels engraved with the names of the passengers and crew members, which from a distance are meant to look like one unified piece to represent their teamwork in defeating the terrorists.

Joseph has always passed on doing the Junior Ranger program whenever we've visited the National Parks, but Greg and Andra's boys enjoy doing it, so Joseph joined in and got his first Junior Ranger badge!

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