9.11.01, while on-route to its target in Washington, DC, United
Airlines Flight 93 was abruptly forced to earth by a passenger
decision saved countless lives and untold damage to the nation's
Their bravery demonstrated the power
within each of us to make a difference through our own initiative
They took the road less taken.
national memorial honoring the story of Flight 93 is planned
for the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our memorial
echoes the theme of a "Road Not
Taken" amplifying its resonance into a journey though
a landscape of decisions and memory.
Flight 93 Memorial proposal honors that odyssey, creating new
memories for visitors as 911 fades into the past, and perhaps
inspiring a few brave souls to greatness.
In the midst of great uncertainty and knowing they would surely
die, the passengers fought back and changed history. The passenger
and crew's decisions are made tangible by symbolically retracing
the plane's path upon entering the park. The plane's cabin is
re-imagined as an allee of trees;
a memorial hall - honoring each passenger and crew member with
their own stone monolith. Visitors pass through the allee to
an earthen maze, symbolizing the decisions
we make every day and every tomorrow. Finally, the visitor'
path brings them to a stone amphitheater,
overlooking the Sacred ground, where they can pause, leave a
memento, and incorporate all they have experienced into a new
perspective on life.
the memorial will change with the seasons and the years, softening
as the landscape fills in, expanding as later generations install
sculpture, and growing in resonance as the full context of 9.11
navigate through the submission by clicking on the links above.
You may also downloading a 1.2 MB Adobe Acrobat file of the
original poster by clicking here.
on the "Road Not Taken" title at any time returns
you to this page.
submission to the Flight 93 Memorial Competition was not selected
as a finalist, but you may view those finalists here.