In the days after the tragedy, the county hosted a memorial service at the courthouse. Within a year or so, the National Park Service started making plans for the permanent memorial, the first phase of which will be dedicated on Saturday.

The permanent memorial will allow visitors to get hundreds of yards closer to the crash site than the temporary memorial: a rusty blue shack -- a former coal mine -- and a simple chain-link fence overlooking the crash site, speared with American flags and wreaths and roses.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Vice Joe Biden, are expected to drop into town this weekend to see the new memorial, along with 3,000 to 7,000 visitors.

Nacke says he has mixed feelings about seeing the temporary memorial go. It's where the families first gathered, first saw what had happened, were first embraced by a small American town, and first realized what sacrifice their brothers, fathers, wives had made for the nation.



In the days after the tragedy, the county hosted a memorial service at the courthouse. Within a year or so, the National Park Service started making plans for the permanent memorial, the first phase of which will be dedicated on Saturday.

The permanent memorial will allow visitors to get hundreds of yards closer to the crash site than the temporary memorial: a rusty blue shack -- a former coal mine -- and a simple chain-link fence overlooking the crash site, speared with American flags and wreaths and roses.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Vice Joe Biden, are expected to drop into town this weekend to see the new memorial, along with 3,000 to 7,000 visitors.

Nacke says he has mixed feelings about seeing the temporary memorial go. It's where the families first gathered, first saw what had happened, were first embraced by a small American town, and first realized what sacrifice their brothers, fathers, wives had made for the nation.

On Wednesday evening, an envelope bearing the return address of the U.S. House of Representatives is wedged against the gate. In cursive blue ink, it's addressed to "Flight 93."By the morning, it's gone.					
Aug 11 2017, 11:53

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