Wreckage of Flight 93 recalls sacrifice made to combat evil

Sunday , June 10, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The Intelligencer (Wheeling, W.Va.) Editorial Board

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day.

We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, will be buried at the site in rural Pennsylvania where the airliner went down on 9/11.

Stored in large shipping containers for years, the debris will be placed in the ground at the Flight 93 National Memorial, near Shanksville, Pa. It will be buried in an area accessible only to loved ones of the 40 passengers and crew members of the doomed plane.

Every piece of the wreckage was combed thoroughly, to ensure any items linked to those killed in the crash was found and returned to families and other loved ones.

Flight 93 became a symbol of courage on Sept. 11, 2001. While passengers aboard three other airliners seized by terrorists were unaware their planes would be flown into targets in New York City and Washington, D.C., those aboard Flight 93 knew their fate.

So they fought back. They made “Let’s roll” as symbolic of bravery as other battle cries from our history.

The Flight 93 heroes’ resistance prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their target. At least hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives were saved.

So, good for officials who decided to send the remaining wreckage to the Flight 93 Memorial — where it, too, can rest in what truly is hallowed ground.

And let us never forget the sacrifice those passengers made to ensure the safety of others.

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