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article imageThe Shankville Memorial Project still needs millions to complete

By KJ Mullins     Sep 5, 2011 in World
Shanksville - A new national park will be coming to Shankville, Pennsylvania to honour those that died aboard Flight 93, that crashed into the ground saving countless others.
On September 11, 2001 the last of the four planes that were hijacked went down in a field after the passengers took a stand against the terror that was happening in front of them.
Many on that doomed flight knew what had happened in New York City and at the Pentagon when they rushed the hijackers. Several of the passengers had let family members know that they were about to crash the plane in a remote area before the terrorists could use the aircraft against others. Those passengers gave their lives to make a profound statement, 'we're not going to go down without a fight.'
Flight 93 was almost empty when it left Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, California. Only 33 passengers along with seven crew members were in the air on an aircraft designed to hold 182 guests. It began it's last journey at about 8:40 September 11, 2001. Forty-seven minutes into the flight terrorists entered the cockpit changing the jet's flight plan, 20 minutes after Flight 11 and Flight 175 had plowed into the World Trade Center.
It is believed that Flight 93 was headed towards the U.S. Capitol. On board 40 passengers came up with a daring plan to rush the hijackers during those terrifying minutes. As the passengers fought back the terrorists crashed the plane so those fighting them would regain control of the aircraft. At 10:03 a.m. the plane hit into the field going 563 mph. A ball of fire rose into the sky.
When the plane crashed it was only 20 minutes away from the terrorists destination.
Today thousands of people go to the spot where those 40 brave souls fought and died to protect many. Some 40,000 items have been left in tribute from Purple Heart Medals to hand written letters.
The current memorial will be closing on September 9, 2011. It will reopen on the 10th anniversary of that fateful day, this coming Sunday with a dedication ceremony that begins at 10:00 a.m. Wreaths will be laid at 3:30 p.m.
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Renderings: BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects. Model Photographs: Paul Murdoch Architects.
Visitors will get a first glimpse of what is to come for the Memorial of the 2,200 acre National Park with a white marble wall that lists the heroes. The completed project is expected to be finished in 2014.
On the re-opening security will be high. Everyone present will pass though security scanners. No pets, other than service animals, will be allowed into the park. No large bags or backpacks will be allowed into the ceremony area.
Water in limited quantities will be provided. Guests are allowed to bring in snack-sized items.
Guests are allowed to leave the ceremony site at any time but must go through the security clearance each time they reenter. There will be no seating provided.
The project will cost $62 million to complete. So far $52 million has been raised from federal and state governments, as well as from 72,000 individual contributors. When finished the memorial will have a 93-foot-high Tower of Voices containing 40 wind chimes and 40 groves of red maple trees.
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Renderings: BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects. Model Photographs: Paul Murdoch Architects.
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Renderings: BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects. Model Photographs: Paul Murdoch Architects.
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Renderings: BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects. Model Photographs: Paul Murdoch Architects.
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Renderings: BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects. Model Photographs: Paul Murdoch Architects.
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Artist renderings of the Shankville Memorial Project
Renderings: BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects. Model Photographs: Paul Murdoch Architects.
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