Why did the memorial cross the road?

12Aug08

In a sense, it was to get to the other side of a dispute. The Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., draws about 100 people an hour during the day, according to a security guard at the site on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, about two weeks after the memorial shifted locations. The site pays tribute to the 40 passengers and crew who died when the jet crashed in a nearby field on 9/11. The impromptu memorial rose on a hillside overlooking the impact site soon after the crash was cleared in 2001. Now the National Park Service is locked in a dispute with the owner of that property over the selling price for his land, which will eventually become part of a larger national monument. The lease for the original tribute area was to expire in September. When the NPS moved the memorial to a somewhat larger parcel across the road, it also shifted many of the mementos left by visitors, while other items were warehoused. A park service ranger said 154,000 visited in 2007. In small photo (click to enlarge), the original site can be seen nearby.

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2 Responses to “Why did the memorial cross the road?”

  1. 1 Tim

    The NY Times revealed the reason a couple months ago. It is an easy search to find there. The bottom line is the owner is holding out for more money, he wants $10 million for land appraised at less than $300,000. While he verbally told the press that the temporary memorial did not have to move, the written agreement would have run out next month and apparently he refused to align his signature with his PR.


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