After visiting Falling Water, we realized we were only about 40 minutes away from the site where UAL Flight 93 went down on 9/11, so we decided to take a trip over there. Karen’s brother had already been to the memorial several times but it was a first for us.
It’s a very emotional and moving experience, to be on location in a place where people gave their lives in the name of freedom. Overall though, because I don’t actually know anyone who died that day, I think the personal items at the memorial put somewhat of a damper on the experience. I would assume, for individuals and families who are personally connected to people who died there, that the memorials help them with their grieving (especially at this time of year), but I guess they’re just too personal to mean anything to me. Also, the vast quantity and odd assortment of items left there by previous visitors didn’t help me connect to the people who died or their experience on that day. Again, I’m pretty sure that’s not the point, so I’ll just leave it at that. I will say though, just based on what they told us at the park, it sounds like the permanent National Park Service memorial will be a very fitting memorial when it opens in September 2011. Click the image to view the set on Flickr.