Defiance

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Forty of these were passengers and crew members on United Airlines Flight 93 flying out of Newark, New Jersey. The passengers charged the cockpit of the hijaccked airliner in an attempt to gain control of the plane. The plane crashed in a field near Shnksville, Pennsylvania, possibly preventing it from hitting the U.S. Capitol or the White House – only twenty minutes flight time away. “Because of the quick and determined actions of the passengers and crew, Flight 93 was the only one of the four hijacked aircraft that failed to reach the terrorists’ intended target that day. The passengers and crew showed unity, courage, and defiance in the face of adversity.” The National Park Service released on Monday new design images of a planned memorial to the victims of Flight 93, being built in the Pennsylvania field where it crashed. Jeff Reinbold, site manager of the memorial, said the memorial was on schedule to open a day before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Pictures of the planned memorial can be viewed on the National Park Service website.

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