Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial

“The winning design chosen to memorialize the heroes and victims of 9/11’s Flight 93 is in the shape of a red crescent that looks–either accidentally or intentionally–remarkably like an Islamic crescent…”

“We called it a ‘crescent’ because it was a curving land form. We called it ‘Crescent of Embrace’ because of the symbolic gesturing of embracing this place.”
Paul Murdoch, Flight 93 Memorial Designer

“On the anniversaries of 9/11, it’s not hard to visualize al-Qaeda celebrating the crescent of maple trees, turning red in the fall, “embracing” the Flight 93 crash site. To them, it would be a memorial to their fallen martyrs”….
Mike Rosen, Rocky Mountain News

“It’s really revolting to me, this whole thing. It’s an insult to my son and all the others.”
Tom Burnett Sr., father of Flight 93 victim; opponent of Crescent of Embrace

“Wow. Such hate. I’m shocked. When you insult the place and inflame events, I want you to know you hurt us, too.”
Sandra Felt, widow of Flight 93 victim; supporter of Crescent of Embrace

Alfred Dreyfus stripped of rank

Left: Original design of Flight 93 Memorial, Crescent of Embrace
Right: Final design of Flight 93 Memorial, with crescent modified to a circle

“It’s a disappointment there is a misinterpretation and a simplistic distortion of this, but if that is a public concern, then that is something we will look to resolve in a way that keeps the essential qualities.”
Paul Murdoch, memorial designer

‘The designer will look at all recommendations, and he will go back and make refinements. It won’t come back as a square, but it will progress.”
Jeff Reinbold, National Park Service Flight 93 project manager