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Angel PatriotsThe Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America$
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Alexander T. Riley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479870479

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479870479.001.0001

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Myth in Practice

Myth in Practice

Visitors at the Temporary Memorial Site

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Angel Patriots

Alexander T. Riley

NYU Press

In this chapter, the author offers impressions of visitors to the temporary memorial site in Shanksville for United Airlines Flight 93 based on the interviews he conducted during the summer and fall of 2009. In particular, he examines how the various elements of the Flight 93 narrative and memorialization process were understood by people who visited the site. His goal was to determine how the signs at the temporary memorial were actually interpreted by those who came there. He describes the physical layout of the memorial site and its general manner of access by visitors, along with the visitors' opinions about the permanent memorial design. He also considers the memorial visitors' sense of the role played by religion in the events of 9/11, and specifically of the crash of Flight 93, and their aftermath. Finally, he discusses the role of the Ambassadors from the National Park Service in shaping visitors' response and interpretation of what they saw at the site.

Keywords:   temporary memorial, Shanksville, United Airlines Flight 93, interviews, memorialization, memorial design, memorial visitors, religion, 9/11, Ambassadors

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