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US Park Service gives first look at Flight 93 Memorial

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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

abc27 news had the opportunity to take an exclusive look at the new Flight 93 memorial with Congressman Bill Shuster, who was also seeing the finished site for the first time.

Seeing the memorial brought back memories of that sunny Tuesday morning, 10 years ago.

"The plane came right in over the hill over there, right along that white wall, came in at 545 miles an hour and inverted into the ground," said Keith Newlin of the U.S. Park Service.

"The remains are spread out all over," asked Shuster.

"Yeah, they are still there," Newlin answered.

Phase One, which includes the Memorial Plaza, the Field of Honor, the Ring Road and the Wall of Names, will open Saturday.

"This memorial tends to give you lots of opportunities for healing, lots of opportunities to think about what happened here," Newlin said.

No one has seen the Wall of Names yet. Over 800 family members will attend the unveiling ceremony and the park wants them to be the first to view it. Each panel of the white marble wall will contain a passenger or flight crew members name.

"The public has not been here," Newlin said. "The public has not been this close for 10 years. And all of a sudden you are going to come and they are going to start walking down here. And when it finally hits them that the remains are still there, and when it finally hits them, and those names and the flight path, its going to be an emotional walk."

Two more phases of construction will include a new visitors center on the hill overlooking the plaza and the Tower of Voices, which will be 93 feet high and have 40 wind chimes representing the cell phone calls to loved ones before the plane crashed.

Congressman Bill Shuster, the US Representative for Shanksville, was inspired by the new memorial site.

"I think it's going to be a fitting tribute," he said.

Shuster believes it will be the 9/11 site people will be drawn to.

"Average Americans, people that weren't fireman, weren't in the military, they were on a plane flying to wherever they were going, and they heard what was happening and they rose up and performed the first counter attack in the war on terror," Shuster said.

To finish the next two phases of the memorial, the National Park Service will need $34 million. Much of the money will come from federal funding, but they also need private donations. Anyone interested in contributing may visit www.honorflight93.org.

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