SHANKSVILLE, Pennsylvania. – The remaining wreckage of United Flight 93 was buried near the Pennsylvania memorial marking where it crashed on 9/11.
Four containers that the debris were buried in a private ceremony on June 21 in a restricted area is accessible only for the loved ones of the victims, the Flight 93 National Memorial, said in a statement Monday.
The wreck was scoured for the identifiable items in the months leading up to the funeral and the employees found a number of items that will be added to the memorial collection. The park service is expected later this year, a full report of the items collected and how they will be incorporated in the monument.
The last phase of the memorial is on track to open on the 17th anniversary of the attacks. It will be a 93-meter tower (28 metres) at the entrance with wind chimes for each of the 40 victims, called the Tower of the Votes. It is designed to serve as a visual and audible reminder of the bravery of the people onboard. Every call and have a different tone of voice.
Remains of all victims were identified after the accident, either by means of dental records, DNA or fingerprints. Three caskets of unidentified remains were buried at the crash site in 2011.
Now the monument is nearly completed, the time was ripe to bury the remaining wreckage of Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen Clark said. It had been stored in containers in a warehouse. Approximately 95 percent of the plane was recovered.
United Flight 93 was en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco on sept. 11, 2001, when the hijackers seized control, with the likely goal of crashing into the U. S. Capitol.
As passenger Todd Beamer issued the rallying cry “Let’s roll,” he and others rushed down the corridor to try to overpower the terrorists after learning of the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The 9/11 Commission concluded that the hijackers crashed the plane as the passengers revolt, in a field at Shanksville, about 70 miles (113 kilometers southeast of Pittsburgh.