July 5, 2006

Holiday of remembering

This was a holiday to remember in every sense of the word.

So, amazing holiday in Amandaland. It all started in Shanksville on a very rainy morning. It was incredibly mushy and I was tired from working on a ceiling in our house that was falling and couldn't get up until 1 a.m. (but that is neither here nor there). However, the shots, in black and white came out nicely. Check out the old standard here.



This is the field, and in the distance is the flag where the plane went down. The park service has plans for a permanent memorial. At the site, visitors can pick up a copy of the new architecturally-savvy design template.


Each of the benches has the name of one of the American passengers aboard Flight 93, minus the names of the terrorists.


The sad wall.


Sweet sentiments, but America, spell-check, please, before marking any kind of public area.


Artificial flower.


Still praying for peace.


Angels and flags.


Sharing the memorial wall.

Moving on through the day, quite literally, we had lunch and traveled to nearby Somerset to visit the Quecreek Mine Rescue site. It's a beautiful spot, and contrasting the Flight 93 site and this memorial, there is and was a markable difference in tone, as there should be.


This was at the Quecreek. Beautiful angel sillhouette.


In the pipe for Plan 'B' of the rescue.


Cute baby cousin makes me happy. I love photographing kids these days.


More cute cousinage.


Half the fun of outdoor photography is the outdoors. Daisy anyone?


So this is "the hole." It has since been filled in, as we learned when we tried to throw rocks down in the shaft. Yeah, folks, you can throw rocks down it. Doesn't that scream another Baby Jessica?


My cousin reads the messages the miners prepared for their families to find, now etched into stone.

After ice cream and a trip home, I found myself at Moira's, where I promptly met this kitchen species of squirrel. He holds spoons, whisks and the like. If squirrels can stand the kitchen, I'm thinking, maybe I will a little more, too. Moira, I had a great time, by the way. Thanks for the invite.


Great Fourth of July. Great fun. It's great to be free.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at July 5, 2006 8:57 PM | TrackBack

Amanda, they actually cemented the rescue shaft, as well as covering it and surrounding it with that little fence... We tried to throw rocks down to see if we could here it hit bottom-and it did like one foot down. :) We figured it out after about 4 stones later...

Posted by: Amy at July 5, 2006 10:38 PM

Thanks for the correction, Miss MySpace. :)

Posted by: Amanda at July 5, 2006 10:45 PM

Oh, and did you read (at the miners site) that there were nine pines, nine of those big rocks around the maple, and in your pic of us attempting to look down the hole there were nine rocks on top of the metal thing? I thought that that was pretty cool... There was a plaque on the big rock with the hole in it that explained the layout of the memorial.. I thought it was fascinating.

I really liked your blog on our day out and about. We need to do things like that more often. Your pictures are really good as well! :) Some of them could be postcards!! Talk to you soon!

Posted by: Amy at July 5, 2006 10:49 PM

I enjoyed reading about your experiences at both sites, Amanda. Good photography, too!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at July 6, 2006 9:02 AM

Hey Amanda! It was great to see you on the fourth and I love your pics from your day. I hope I'll see you at a concert soon! I just dropped you an email... :c)

Posted by: moira at July 6, 2006 12:09 PM

I agree with Dr. Jerz, excellent photography! :)

I hear so much about the Shanksville memorials. I won't have the opportunity to visit them in the near future, but now at least I have a few images of what they must be like.

I read Dr. Spurlock's experience there (http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JohnSpurlock/015987.html), but it's one thing to tell people what it felt like, it's something else to show them what it felt like.

Hope the rest of your summer is just as amazing.

Posted by: Evan at July 8, 2006 3:09 PM

your mom! your mom, your mom! lets run sometime soon!!!!! :)

Posted by: your mom at July 9, 2006 10:37 PM

I am your spammer cousin! I am YOUR MOM!!!! :)

maybe tomorrow night and wednesday night!

Posted by: YOUR MOM at July 10, 2006 3:25 PM
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