September 11, 2011

Flight 93 Tenth Anniversary 9/11/2011: Stories Retold





“America has been attacked!!”

Flight 93 Temporary Memorial 9/8/2011

     We were in Italy at the Leaning Tower of Pisa when someone ran by yelling these words. Little did we know, at the time, that a plane (United Airlines Flight 93) had flown somewhat almost over our home in Stahlstown (Pennsylvania). 

     As we continued our travels in Italy and Greece people were so kind to us. They showered their love on us with moments of silence, bottles of wine, and food. I was so taken aback by these expressions of love.

     The above story was shared with us under a sunny sky, over buckwheat pancakes smothered in real maple syrup accompanied by sausage, having a conversation with Larry and Beth Thorn from Stahlstown (owners of Whispering Pines Antiques).


     Monte and I chose to attend the Sunday morning outdoor church service at the Flax Scutching Festival in Stahlstown, Pennsylvania, rather than one of the other events of the weekend that included the Scottish service at the Presbyterian church in Ligonier, a follow-up on the Ligonier Highlands Games the previous day; the Flight 93 Tenth Anniversary.

     A pre-service presentation began with eight young men, including a young child, all dressed in early American military attire, carrying in a flag. The lined up at the side, and did a seven-gun salute (the youngster participated with a non-shot gun).  A woman in the congregation panicked and began sobbing loudly when the guns went off. Her family put their arms around her as they led her away from the second seven-gun salute. I wondered what was going on in her mind.

     Then local Boy Scouts marched down the aisle between the benches, carrying another flag which they raised on a primitive flagpole. After selected boy scouts did readings the militia their leader shared his story of where he was ten years ago.

     He was a carpenter at Rolling Rock, and had stopped at the Pie Shop in Laughlintown to pick up some donuts. A lady asked if he knew what happened (in New York City).

     Upon his return to where he was helping build a garage he heard a really large rumble. He looked up.

     Flight 93 was above us. We thought it was (flying) way too low even to land at an airport…What stuck in my mind, after places shut down—it seemed so quiet…

     When congregation members were asked to share their stories, one scout said he was three years old at the time.

     A woman said she was a teacher at Fairfield School, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  During her lunch duty there was a parental influx.

     They wanted me to tell the students…I’m excusing terrified students while calling Mothers.  65% of the students left. Rt. 16 was closed. We didn’t have quiet. We were protected in our area because of Dick Cheney’s presence.


     Following this story, the militia and the scouts marched out of the “church” and the pastor of the Stahlstown United Methodist Church Charge, the Rev. Audrey Bell, began the service. She presented a message on forgiveness based on Peter’s question to Jesus about forgiving seven times.

      At the end of the service, she rang the bell four times, once each for the 8:46, 9:03, 9:37, and 10:03 events that occurred ten years ago on September 11, 2001.

     To read part of the Rev. Bell’s message click on Three Themes of Forgiveness in Matthew 18:21-22





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