It has been over seventeen years since the 911 terrorist attacks on our country. Yet, visiting the memorials seems to bring back all of the feelings of the day that it happened.
A few weeks ago, Toby and I traveled to Somerset, PA for my lifelong friend, Brenda’s, surprise birthday party. On the list of things to do while we were there, was to visit the Flight 93 Memorial. As with you, I’ll never ever forget September 11, 2001. I was watching the news and heard that a plane was down in Somerset County, PA. I got on the phone with a very frantic, Brenda. Her husband was at work, their eldest daughter was in elementary school and their son was a pre-schooler. I will never ever forget Brenda saying, “I don’t know what to do. Should I go get Whitney from school? Should I let her stay there?” It was chaos and confusion, not only for the country but in the tiny town of Shanksville, PA, located in Somerset County.
Ten years ago, Brenda and I went to NYC together and visited the memorial there. Then a few years later we visited it again, this time Whitney was along. Both times it felt the same. Sad, somber and a little haunting. Brenda and Whitney have been to the Flight 93 Memorial many times over the years, as it’s local to them. The desolate field does have an eerie feeling about it. It truly is in the middle of no-where. The fact that the plane wasn’t taken down in a residential area or the fact that 40 brave crew and passengers decided to take it upon themselves to fight back, astounds me.
It was a frigid day when we were visiting. The museum itself was closed because of the government shut down. But we were able to walk the property with Brenda and Whit and we got a local’s perspective on the events. There are only a few houses in site of the location where the plane landed, one includes the red barn that was seen in much of the news footage following the event. The field itself is an old mining strip. There were very few eye witnesses to the attack but their local perspective is quite interesting (and one that I’m not going to go into here on the blog.)
Here are a few photos (with descriptions) that I took while we visited. May we never forget. And please, if you ever have the opportunity to visit any of the memorials from 911, I encourage you to do so. It’s a piece of our history.