The memorial merely accents a panoramic view of wide-open countryside. A black paved path runs along the tract of land where Flight 93 went down. At the end of the path are 40 white granite wall pieces, each one carved with the name of one of passengers and crew members who died on September 11th.
Ken Nacke is the brother of Lou Nacke, one of the Flight 93 passengers. He said the memorial is best for its simplicity – it lets the land speak for itself. “Just like the nation, you can see the land is healing,” said Nacke. “The wildlife is coming back, kind of showing you that life goes on. And that’s what we need to do. And along the way make sure that the 40 passengers and crew member of Flight 93 are honored, cherished, remembered for generations to come.”
Right now, visitors are kept on a hilltop several hundred yards away from the crash site and the memorial path.
The first of three phases of the $60 million memorial will be dedicated and open to the public on September 10–the day before the 10th anniversary of the crash.