Friday, August 14, 2009

Back Home Again

Boy vacations sure do go by fast!

We left last Sunday for a little road trip. I love road trips, especially if it's to somewhere I've never been before. Anyway, we took off fairly early and drove for 6 hours. We decided to stop for the night in Somerset, Pennsylvania. What we didn't realize when we decided to stop at that particular place was how close we would be to the field where Flight 93 crashed on 9/11. Normally I don't read the little information folder in the hotel room but in this case it was fairly early and we had the whole night ahead of us. We didn't want to just sit around, we had been sitting all day, so I looked in the book to see if there was anything local to see. When we saw that the crash site and memorial was less than 10 miles away, we hopped back in the car.

The memorial is up on a hill overlooking the crash site. There is a ton of different monuments and also a bunch of stuff that people leave like crosses, rosaries, pins, patches, hats, shirts, plastic hearts and anything else that they are moved to leave. Click on any of these pictures for a closer view.

There is an angel for every person on the flight and benches with the names engraved on them.

And then there is the actual crash site:

This is as close as we were allowed to get. Only family members of the victims are allowed on the site. It is surrounded by a fence and there is a flag in the middle. It was a very humbling and sad thing to see and I am so glad that we were able to go there.

More road trip tomorrow.


Donna said...

Oh My! I would have bawled the Whole way! Thanks for these pictures sweetie!hughugs

Sue said...

That had to have been incredibly sad to see.

Sally said...

Welcome home, Jeanette. Yes, I would have cried also!! So very touching, and thank you for sharing this part of your trip with us.

I'm leaving in a few min. to "the country" in W. Fla. Will see YOU when I get back!! Have a great weekend, and I look forward to the rest of your trip!! ((hugs))

Donna said...

It was good for you to see that memorial. We all need reminding now and then how very precious our freedom and security are.

Life is good! said...

i remember the day, wow! i think it's very important to never forget that day, thanks for the reminder!