Final Installation Will Give Voice To Flight 93 National Memorial

“Tower of Voices” will ring in time for 17th anniversary of 9/11

Robert Mangino
July 10, 2018 - 7:15 pm
Tower of Voices



STONEYCREEK TWP. (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The final major feature of the Flight 93 National Memorial will be completed in time to ring out remembrance of those lost in Somerset County in time for the 17th anniversary of on September 11.

The “Tower of Voices” is a multi-year project aiming to memorialize the lives lost on United Flight 93 after the plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field while passengers and crew members attempted to regain control of the plane from hijackers.

The tower will be built, tuned and erected over the next two and a half months, with completion planned just before September 11, 2018.

Tower designer and architect Paul Murdoch told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News the 93-foot tower will house 40 wind chimes to commemorate the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives and welcome visitors into the park.

“It’s meant to be a landmark that you can see from the highway as you enter,” Murdoch said. “We wanted something to introduce the tone and feeling of the memorial as you enter the park.”

Although the chimes range in size from five to ten feet, Murdoch says visitors will be able to see the tower before they can hear it.

Tower Of Voices Chimes Manufacturing
Flight 93 National Memorial – Design by Paul Murdoch Architects (photo: Gregg Payne Art + Design)

“It’s meant to be a very personal and somewhat intimate experience with the sound of these 40 different chimes playing in different rhythms with the wind depending on how the wind is blowing that day,” Murdoch said as he explained visitors’ journey to the tower’s location.

Murdoch says the park consists of several memorial elements, but he wanted this structure to pay tribute both visually and audibly.

“In this particular element, we wanted to do something somewhere in the park that was a living memory in sound,” Murdoch said. “And the reason we wanted to do something in sound is because the last memory of a lot of the people on Flight 93 is through their voices.”

Dozens of calls were made from the Boeing 757 in the minutes leading up to the crash into the disused quarry at 10:04 a.m.

Installation and dedication of the “Tower of Voices” is scheduled for September 9.

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