We did not make it to the Upper Peninsula for our camping trip, motorhome broke down, towed home. Long story, will tell it later.
We wound up in Pittsburgh instead. Great city and we are having fun. We took my wife's laptop to keep up on the weather but I was not going to do any blogging.
We went to Shanksville Saturday and I was so moved I had to post about it.
For anyone who has not been, the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial is actually a beautiful and peaceful place. It is almost surreal looking out over the hills considering the horror that occurred there.
We took a lot of pictures and I will post more on it later. Here are a couple that I like though.
The site only has a temporary memorial for now, they are building a permanent one starting in the fall and they should. A volunteer telling the story of the Flight and the bravery of the men and women onboard also gave us a description of the pending monument, it sounds great.
Anyways, on to the quote. We spent the day before in a museum in Pittsburgh and they had an exhibit on Abraham Lincoln. While there I read the Gettysburg Address again. A portion of the address kept going through my mind in Shanksville Saturday.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate...we can not consecrate...we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
Thinking of Lincoln's words though, what can we do that would not pale in comparison to what the brave heroes onboard this flight have given to us?