The Flight 93 Memorial story speaks to me as a native Pennsylvanian, a frequent visitor to the state's rich historic sites, and an archivist employed in Washington on September 11, 2001. Author J. William Thompson, former editor of Landscape Architecture magazine and author of The Rebirth of New York City's Bryant Park and Sustainable Landscape Construction, lives in Washington and was working near the White House and Capitol Building, likely targets of the United Flight 93 terrorists on that fateful day. The nation's capital averted a larger atrocity when the plane crashed, after a fight by heroic passengers and crew near the village of Shanksville in rural central Pennsylvania. British historian Simon Schama in his majestic Landscape and Memory, citing the deep meaning humans attach to sites of tragedy, observes fire is the element of annihilation, but from a pyre of ash a Phoenix of restored life can...

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