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Shanksville PA - Our Last Stop of the Trip

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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Very dreary this morning with lots of fog, but the rain has finally slowed down.
We're very close to Shanksville, the site of the Flight 93 (September 11, 2001) National Historic Park, so we decide to stop and see what's there.

They have a small temporary building where a National Park volunteer is stationed to answer questions and explain the memorial. The final memorial was originally planned to be finished by the 10th anniversary of 9-11, but construction has not been started and it's doubtful that it will be completed in the next 4 years.

We look at the many things that visitors have left in memory of the Flight 93 passengers, and then talk to the volunteer for a few minutes. Interesting stop, and the dreary weather seems appropriate for this somber place.

I think the memorial is also supposed to honor the passengers' bravery, and many of the momentos that have been left here by visitors reflect the appreciation for the passengers' bravery in preventing the plane's destruction of our Capitol or White House; but it's a final resting place for the crew and passengers of that flight, so a sad place.

Home is less than 3 hours from the memorial, so we arrive home in early afternoon. The house is still there :-)

I've been very homesick the last month or so, so it feels wonderful to be home. After living in the trailer the last 7 months, my house feels like a mansion. I look around the kitchen and almost cry because it feels so good to be home. I'm sure in a few weeks I'll feel like traveling again, but right now I am SO GLAD TO BE HOME!

Posted by jengelman 07:25 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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