Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Meeting of Earth, Sky and Remembered Names

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

There are 58,256 names etched in white against a polished black granite wall. Visitors often linger at a particular spot, or take rubbings of one of the names on the wall. More than 400,000 items have been left, from medals and dog tags to teddy bears and handwritten notes. But as you approach The Wall the mood of the place is almost palpably sacred. Mourners cry. Visitors move slowly and speak in hushed tones. To stand here and see all those names is so humbling in it's realization of the amount of lives that were lost. So many names of so many Americans whose memory is immortalized in that marble wall.

See more images at

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Flight 93 Memorial

The memorial sits on a hill overlooking the crash site and the Wall of Names memorializes the 40 who died. A dark stone pathway marks the flight's path and bisects the memorial. A stone marks the exact crash site.

Flight 93 National Memorial is a tribute to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and is a place to explore and discover their inspiring story of courage and hope.

The designers have left a number of open areas along the primary processional route that are clearly intended for people to leave offerings, kind of like shrines.

The spirit of this memorial is embodied by forming a narrative of earth and sky, shadows and reflections leaving us with a memory of place.

While I walked the grounds I thought that by memorializing these 40 individuals as patriots, we have woven them into much larger story of our nation—and what it means to be truly American.

 The Entry Portal, set along the final trajectory of Flight 93.
 "A common field one day.  A field of honor forever".

The memorial marks this land as a place of violence and a place of healing and renewal.   
A wildflower meadow sweeping up the slopes above the Memorial Plaza at the crash site brings color and life to a once scarred landscape.   

In memory of those gallant passengers and flight crew members of United Airlines Flight 93 who defeated the terrorist hijackers and their intended purpose.  Blessed are the peacemakers!

Let's roll!