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Hallowed Ground

June 19, 2012

Bedford, Pennsylvania

When we discovered we were only 24 miles from the Flight 93 Memorial in Stoystown, PA, there was no question about making the drive.

It was obvious that many others felt the same way.  We were surprised to find that at 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon, there were around 100 people walking the grounds.  Several tour buses were in the parking lot.

I’m going to make the assumption that you know the story of Flight 93.  If not, you need to at least Google it.  I’m not going to describe that day again here.  I will tell you that it was a more emotional experience than we expected.

The point of impact was roughly in the center of this field, between the white wall on the right and a large boulder barely visible on the far left.

The name of each one of the thirty-three passengers and seven crew appears on a separate marble slab.

The feelings of so many visitors were summed up by some youngster’s simple message.

I could ramble on, but I won’t .  I took more photos, but these few express what we saw and felt.  The word “hero” is used an awful lot these days, but the people who died here were true heroes.  We did indeed feel that we were on hallowed ground.  And we both left with a big lump in our throat.

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  1. June 20, 2012 1:37 am

    It brings that day sadly to my mind and my tears flow so easily just thinking about it. About 6 months after that day we were visiting in our camper and had to stay in Jersey City in a campground across from ground zero. It is the only campground “within” city limits and we had to be there. But it was horrible, because it was one of the dumping grounds for the debris. Syd

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