Frederic Schwartz Architects

FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL

Shanksville, Pennsylvania
2004

Flight 93 Memorial

40 gateways stand 93 feet tall, framing heaven and earth, soaring to the sun, moon and shining stars, inspiring all. Passage through the gateways is an airplane aisle wide. Their monumental scale and proportions are a testament to the enormity of the events of September 11th, the vast landscape and each and every magnificent life. Supported by structural steel tubes, the gateways are clad in brushed stainless steel that will constantly reflect the ever changing light of day. The gateways face the hometown of each hero and are engraved at eye level with the name, age, home and a quote to be selected by the families, friends and partners. A few examples:


Alan Beaven, 48, Oakland, California
"He's in court defending the angels."

Christine Snyder, 32,
Kailua, Hawaii "She was in love with life. She didn't have a bitter spot in her."

A 40 inch high wall surrounds and protects the Sacred Ground, leaving it untouched, and by gently sloping the earth leading to it, the Sacred Ground appears elevated. The canted stainless steel wall will reflect the sky and is etched with the names of all 40 heroes. A wildflower meadow dedicated to our heroes will blossom on Sacred Ground (daisies, cornflowers, coreopsis, poppies, chrysanthemums, cosmos) reminding us of the beautiful and vibrant lives lost. Planted in the fall, the annual meadow will bloom in spring and summer - a symbol of rebirth and hope, and the cycles of nature and our lives. This final resting place will flower forever.

   
   

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