"Tower of Voices" Unveiled At Flight 93 Memorial In Shanksville

"It’s something you’ll hear forever"

Larry Richert and John Shumway
September 10, 2018 - 10:58 am


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Tuesday marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Former Pennsylvania Governor, Mark Schweiker, will be in Shanksville tomorrow as a guest speaker at theCut Flight 93 Memorial.

He joined KDKA Radio on Monday to talk about the anniversary of 9/11 and the “Tower of Voices,” the newest addition to the Memorial in Shanksville.

Tell us about the dedication of the “Tower of Voices” yesterday?

“Its 93 foot tall, made of strong concrete and is indicative of strong American will and mind set to rebuild, and in this case it is to commemorate the valor of the crew and passengers of Flight 93. There are 40 times in commemoration of the 40 passenger’s, heroes and crew members,” Schweiker said.

“It’s a chance to hear the melodic times. It’s meant to be synonymous with the voices of those heroes being projected across Western Pennsylvania, in commemoration for the remarkable act of heroism.”

Is it a wind chime in essence?

“Yea. It works in concert with Mother Nature’s wind. When you see the beautiful Pennsylvania Country side look, the winds will gently move the 40 chimes. It sends it across the valley,” Schweiker added.

“The symbolism is meant to convey that while they lost their lives when that plane crashed into the Pennsylvania hillside at 10:03am on 9/11 2001, that we continue to hear their voices to this day, because what they accomplished was remarkable and memorable. It’s something you’ll hear forever.”

What does 9/11 mean to you?

“Unforgettable. Unlike the other three crashes, it was unlikely that the crew and passengers knew what had occurred prior. Aboard flight 93, they did know what happened because of communication. They instantly responded, and as the world knows they rallied and used the food cart to try and knock open the cockpit door to confront the four terrorists,” Schweiker tells KDKA Radio.

“My reflections will be about their patriotic decisions, there patriotic effort and the fact they were not trained soldiers, and they were innocent passengers and crew members and succeeded in taking down that plane. There valor is one of the more memorable aspects of what occurred.”

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