Friday, May 22, 2009

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A completely new resource for me is a six-year-old web effort at awarding honors for taking pictures on September 11, 2001: The Best of Photojournalism 2002 > Still Photography Entries > Attack on America Picture Story > Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

It doesn't get any more obvious than this: the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Rain drenched Pennsylvania State Police Troopers of the Mounted Detail stand watch on a ridge overlooking the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pa., while awaiting the arrival of family members of the victims. "They (family members of the victims) sure seem to think this part of Pennsylvania as holy ground. There is something almost hauntingly beautiful about it." Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney said while talking with reporters after a memorial service.

Federal evidence technicians search for the flight data recorder in the field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Rev. Jim Simons of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Ligonier bows his head in prayer along a dirt road in Somerset, County, Pa., near the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. Simons came to the site immediately after learning of the tragic events in New York and Washington.

Lucy Menear was reading her bible when United Airlines Flight 93 struck the Earth approximately 1500 feet from her home. Menear's son-in-law Lee Pugh came to check on her after hearing about the crash. The pair gave several dozens interviews to the numerous media outlets that descended upon the rural village of Shanksville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

United States Attorney General John Ashcroft (second from right) and, FBI Director Robert Mueller (second from left) look at an aerial photograph while visiting the rural field in Somerset County, Pa., where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. Ashcroft and Mueller, the highest ranking government officials tour the crash site, were accompanied by (left-to-right) Jack Shea, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Pittsburgh Office, Linda French, National Chair for Disaster Services for the American Red Cross, and Pennsylvania State Attorney General Mike Fisher.

Ruthie King and her daughter Amanda King, 12, embrace at a makeshift memorial honoring the victims of United flight 93. The family came to the Somerset County crash site to pray and mourn the events of 9/11/01.

Marlin Spangler, of Somerset, bows his head on the altar of the New Life Assembly of God during an unplanned prayer. In the foreground next to a box of tissues, the title of a Christian pamphlet blares out the chilling question "Now What?"

2 comments:

Beverly said...

These pictures tell the story of Flight 93. You see the horror of the crash, the crash site, the open graves, the sacred ground. Citizens planting a Cross and praying for the passengers, crew, their families and our Country. Let's not change this crash site, let's not try to make it "pretty" .....it was not pretty 9/11, and it never will be.
Let's not let anyone rewrite the Flight 93 story.

stevenwarran said...

No Beverly, let's rewrite the Flight 93 story. The first version sucked.