United Flight 93 memorial leaves personal, economic mark on nearby communities

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Thousands are expected at a rural community in Pennsylvania this weekend for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The fourth jet, United Flight 93, crashed in Shanksville. That’s about an hour-and-a-half drive outside of Pittsburgh.

The site of the crash is now a national memorial, as well as a marker of economic impact on the town and the region.

Flight 93 crashed in a field in Shanksville, population: a little over 200.

Jason Snyder was a member of Shanksville’s volunteer fire department at the time.

A Flight 93 commemorative cross and accompanying flags are seen to the right of the volunteer fire department building in Shanksville. (Credit: Nova Safo)

“There was a big hole in the ground and smoke coming out,” he said.

I met Snyder outside the convenience store he owns in Shanksville, one of only a couple of businesses, on the handful of streets that make up the town’s core.

Snyder said…

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