Eleven years ago, no one had heard of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, with the exception of the 245 people that call this tiny borough in the western part of the state their home. No one expected that the small and unknown area would become home to the United 93 Memorial resulting from the horrific terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001.
Today, most Americans, and people from all over the world, are well aware of the traumatic events that transpired 1.75 miles from this rural area of the US. The date of September 11 has new meaning for Americans. It is no longer a day that just symbolizes autumn beginnings and the start of football season. It has much more meaning, particularly to those who lost family members and friends not only in Shanksville, but Washington D.C. and New York City. While you’re going about your daily doings today, please send thoughts to those people and the heroes they lost.
(Photos below are from the United 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania taken August 2012)