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Beverly Hills Architect Creates Touching And Moving Tribute To Flight 93

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BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — The 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9-11 is fast approaching.

The visuals of that day firmly etched in the minds of millions of Americans and millions more around the world.

The World Trade Center and Pentagon most immediately come to mind.

But a 2,200 acre national park will make sure the heroes of Flight 93, the plane that was headed for Congress or the White House, will  never be forgotten.

Armed with knowledge, via cell phones to loved ones, that planes had already crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the brave passengers of Flight 93 put their own lives on the line to save countless others.

Gordon Felt, the President of Families of Flight 93, lost his brother that day. A 17-ton boulder now marks the spot where Flight 93 slammed into the ground.

Shankville, Pennsylvania might be 3,000 miles away from California…but for a Beverly Hills architect, nothing could have hit closer to home.

Beverly Hills architect Paul Murdoch won the competition to design the Flight 93 Memorial.

Murdoch says, humbly, “There’s a serenity to this place…which has to do with it’s open, rolling hills quality.”

Eventually the memorial will also include a 93-foot tower with wind chimes. There will also be a tower of voices to the entrance of the park. There is already a white marble wall, inscribed with the victim’s names.

Said Murdoch in describing his work, “I’d like a certain amount of reverence and awe here. We hope that everyone takes away what they need to.”

Eventually, visitors to the park will be able to walk along the edge of the crash site. “A common field at one point…but now a field of honor forever.”

For more information about architect Paul Murdoch and the memorial design, click here.

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