SHANKSVILLE, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – In four days, the nation will come together to commemorate the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. On Saturday it was 20 years ago. Like Washington and New York, Americans will gather at the Somerset County crash site of Flight 93.
No matter where you are from, you get a feeling when you visit Somerset County’s former mine, which in the blink of an eye has been transformed into a sacred historical site for Americans.
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“Warmly moving. Only tears with you when you remember what happened 20 years ago. It’s just sad, “said Sue Kertianis from Cleveland.
“I actually got goose bumps on my arm as we got closer,” said Jennifer Tiner of Fairview, Texas.
According to the National Park Service, 10 years after the official inauguration of the Flight 93 Memorial, the number of visitors has increased.
“Since the monument was built, we’ve seen visitors from all over the world to hear the story of Flight 93 and what 40 total strangers did that day,” said Katie Hostetler of the National Park Service.
“A little emotional. We went to the visitor center, saw the displays, it was kind of a hit, ”said Mike Slagle.
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Slagle is from Federal Way, Washington state. His house and memorial have a connection to a man who coined the famous phrase associated with Flight 93: “Let’s roll”.
“Federal Way, they have Todd Beamer High School, but I didn’t know much about him. But when I come here and see what they did, I have more respect for him, more respect for him, ”said Slagle.
Bob Kertianis is from Cleveland, Ohio, where the ill-fated airline changed course to fly to Washington DC with the potential to destroy the Capitol or the White House. The heroes of 93 prevented that. If they died, it would be on their terms to save lives.
“It’s humiliating. I can’t imagine what it was like to be on that plane, ”said Bob Kertianis.
After a scene of violence, noise and fire two decades ago, it is now a place of quiet contemplation and sincere thanks for Tiner.
“My overall picture of this place is how peaceful it is, from the cool breeze over the rolling hills to the silence here,” said Tiner.
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You can find out more about the visit to the memorial on the occasion of September 11th here. A list of other 9/11 events in the Pittsburgh area can be found here.