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  • The Field.

    The crash site of United Airlines flight 93 as in it looked in March 2006. It was a mild day but very windy. It was strangely quiet.

    The volunteer guide told a group of visitors that the field had been an abandoned mining operation. Behind me was a sloping hill and at the top were two rusting steam shovels; large crane-like digging machines. She explained the flight path of the airliner’s final seconds. As you view the photo above, the plane came in from your right and crashed where you see the American Flag. It was inverted.

    The flag is about six feet in height. The open space is vast. The guide said that the government has designated the site as hollowed ground. All human remains, plane fragments, luggage, everything was bulldozed over. Even the charred wood of the burned pine trees were saved. In the photo, just above the flag is the gray mound of the burned logs. It is essentially a cemetery. It was protected by inner and outer rings of chain link fences.

    As I stood there in my solitude, I tried to sense the spirits of those that lost their live on the horrible day.

    I came away from the scene thinking, “They want the truth to be known.”

    Photo: RJames, March 2006 Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (confession: I merged 2 photos together to get a panoramic view.)
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