I traveled to Shanksville today to participate in the Flight 93 Memorial 15 kilometer road race.  This race has been held since 2001, and the course travels through the National Park area.  In my estimate about 150 runners took part in either the 5K or 15K.  Proceeds from the race benefit the Shanksville Fire Department.

Fate found Shanksville, and while the crash site is a few miles beyond the Borough limits and its quiet Main Street, the events of September 11th have left their mark on the community.  Notable are Shanksville’s new patriotic themed street signs.  Also, a must see is the Memorial Cross located on the grounds of the Shanksville Fire Department, only a blocks off of Main Street.  The cross was dedicated in 2008 and is constructed of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.  The cross rests on a base that is in the shape of a pentagon.

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