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Tower of Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary

The first part of the 93-meter-high Tower of Voices, wind chimes on the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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The last phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial is underway and on course to open on the 17th anniversary of the plane crash in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11.

United Airlines Flight 93 was en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco on sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers seized control and redirected the plane toward Washington, D. C. But 40 passengers and crew members fought back and the hijackers responded by crashing the plane in the field near Shanksville, about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

In the middle of the remote, rolling hills, a national park has taken shape in honor of the victims. The last phase of the monument will consist of a 93-meter tower at the entrance with wind chimes for each of the victims and a forest, called the Tower of the Votes.

“So many people are looking to the dedication of this tower, because it will be a sense of accomplishment,” said Stephen Clark, the park, the inspector.

What is on the memorial site?

A memorial plaza was completed in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011. It features a white stone wall, which traces the path of the doomed flight, with separate panels for each victim of the name.

The last phase of the memorial is underway and on course to open on the 17th anniversary of the plane crash in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11.

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A compelling visitor center, completed in 2015, is located on a hill overlooking the crash site. The use of photographs, video, artifacts and interactive exhibits tell the story of Flight 93, the only jetliner among the four advanced by terrorists who are not to the reach of the intended audience. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one hit the Pentagon near Washington. Nearly 3,000 people died.

The centre is 10 pieces are laid out chronologically, with the visitors learning how the 33 passengers and seven crew members — at least some of them are already at the height of the nation was attacked — tuned to the load in the cockpit, and then fought for control of the aircraft.

The centre is strongly heated concrete walls are separated by a black granite walkway that marks the ill-fated plane, to the flight path.

Only the relatives of the 40 passengers and crew members who died are not allowed on the actual crash site. Later this year, the remaining wreckage of the plane will be buried on the site.

What is the last phase to add?

The 93-meter high tower is installed in the vicinity of the entrance of the park and will feature 40 tubular metal wind chimes, one for each of the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died. 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.

“The idea is to make a set of 40 tones, voices, that can indicate by the sound of the tranquillity and nobility of the site, while also through the dissonance calls that filled the site,” according to a description in the primary architect Paul Murdoch.

The 93-meter high tower is installed in the vicinity of the entrance of the park and will feature 40 tubular metal wind chimes, one for each of the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died.

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The National Park Foundation, a charity that aims to fund National Park Service projects, raised $46 million of 110,000 private donors, including $6 million to the design and construction of the Tower of the Votes. The remaining $40 million is already booked for the transformation of the area into a national park.

Groves of the trees are already planted around the site, and volunteers are planting seedlings of 150,000.

When it is open to the public?

The Tower of the Votes is not open to the public until the ceremony, Sept. 9 in 1 hour

There are seats for 5,000 members of the public, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Many family members of the victims have come to the site once or twice, and others not at all, Clark said. He thinks that this last part will attract many more loved ones who have the feeling that it will lead to a sense of completion.

“Just as an American seeing this monument to evolve over the years, it really is something to see,” he said.

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