SHANKSVILLE (KDKA) — The timing was coincidental, but the federal advisory committee on developing a permanent memorial for Flight 93 met in Shanksville on Saturday.
While relatives of the Flight 93 victims reviewed the progress on the memorial, the talk turned to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Committee members said that they are overwhelmed with the amount of progress being made on the permanent memorial.
The plans are to dedicate it on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 later this year.
“I’m totally amazed and impressed with the progress that is made on the construction, the fundraising along with the support that you get from the local community,” said Ken Nacke, a relative of one of the victims.
The memorial will remember the 40 passengers who were onboard the hijacked flight, took control of the plane from terrorists and gave their lives to prevent 9/11 from becoming an even greater tragedy.
With the man who ordered the 9/11 attacks now dead, the Flight 93 relatives who gathered in Somerset County for the meeting had a lot to say about Bin Laden.
“The fact that we finally got Bin Laden is a tribute to Americans over the last nine years of never, ever wavering from a commitment to do what’s right,” said John Reynolds, of the Flight 93 Advisory Board.
“It doesn’t bring closure, we’ll never get Leroy back,” said Calvin Wilson, one of the victim’s relatives. “But it brings some relief that Bin Laden was taken out.”
The first phase of the Shanksville memorial is expected to cost about $22 million. The money is coming from private donations, state and federal funds.