…”A day which will live in infamy,” said President Franklin Roosevelt on December 7, 1941. Regrettably another one of those dates was added to history on 9-11-01.
This Friday will mark eight years since an airplane flew into each of the World Trade Center Twin Towers; and shortly thereafter another plane hit a portion of the Pentagon an thereafter yet another plane came down just outside Shanksville, PA. Some 3,000 people lost their lives. They were people of every walk of life, from near and far, of all ages.
The nation was traumatized.
Last year a memorial was completed at the Pentagon. There are 184 benches, 184 trees and 184 pools at the memorial park in recognition of the 184 killed on that day.
Outside of Shanksville Flight 93 National Memorial is under construction. It will be a permanent memorial for the 40 killed as passengers attempted to divert the tragedy. At a cost of $9.5 million land has been obtained from area landowners. There is currently a collection of some 25,000 objects from people who have come to pay their respects. This memorial is expected to be complete for the 10th anniversary.
The World Trade Center Memorial Plaza is scheduled to open in 2011 with a museum opening in 2012.