Remembering Flight 93

On Saturday morning, I visited the  Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset Co.

The day was cold, windy, rainy, very somber; a perfect setting for honoring and remembering 40 very brave and remarkable heroes.  So unlike that sunny, warm, fall day on Sept. 11, 2001.

Standing on a grassy hilltop, a lonely American flag is visible in the distance waving in the wind, designating the area of impact of that plane traveling in excess of 550 mile per hour. Almost impossible to comprehend.  I found my self asking the question, “Would I have been as courageuos as those passengers and crew members?”  Would I have been quick to decide upon a course of action that would have saved yet more  lives than those on the plane?”  They all realized through cell phone contact that the plane was part of the horrendous planned attack against our country.   Their collective decision was one of a counter attack, hoping to impede a disaster as Flight 93 was turned in the air by the highjackers heading toward the nation’s capital.  Todd Beamers’ phrase “Let’s Roll”  will impact and resonate for years and years to come.

One of the amazing facts, or rather miracles, that I learned yesterday by one of  the volunteers was that a  passenger’s bible was found at the site, unmarked and in perfect condition. Isn’t that just like God, reminding us that His word will not be returned void, but will accomplish that which He has intended and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.  He always gives us hope. Even amidst a tragedy.

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