The US owes an incredible debt to the passengers of United 93. At a time when the government was too disorganized to react, the ordinary citizens on the plane promptly and effectively organized themselves, and by their actions prevented what would have likely been a horrific attack on a major US institution.
One aspect of their planning which I had not heard before yesterday: they apparently deliberately timed their attack to be when the plane was over open country, to minimize the chances of hurting anyone on the ground. To think of that, in the midst of what was going on - just incredible.
A profound and heartfelt salute to them, and next time I am in the Shanksville region I will definitely be stopping in to the new memorial to pay my respects.
So a while back I was in the region, and I did stop in. It was pretty amazing.
It's out in the middle of freakin' nowhere
, about 30 minutes from the closest Interstate, but it was still full of people.
A fairly nicely designed memorial (there's a temporary building there too; I gather they are in the process of putting in a permanent structure too).
I would highly
recommend to all that they stop in if they are anywhere near.