On September Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Became A Center Of National Attention When United Airlines Flight Crashed Into A Former Strip Mine In Sleepy Somerset County, Killing All Forty Passengers And Crew Aboard This Is The Story Of The Memorialization That Followed, From Immediate, Unofficial Personal Memorials To The Ten Year Effort To Plan And Build A Permanent National Monument To Honor Those Who Died It Is Also The Story Of The Unlikely Community That Developed Through Those Efforts As The Country Struggled To Process The Events Of September , Temporary Memorials From Wreaths Of Flowers To Personalized T Shirts And Flags Appeared Along The Chain Link Fences That Lined The Perimeter Of The Crash Site They Served As Evidence Of The Residents Need To Pay Tribute To The Tragedy And Of The Demand For An Official Monument Weaving Oral Accounts From Shanksville Residents And Family Members Of Those Who Died With Contemporaneous News Reports And Records, J William Thompson Traces The Creation Of The Monument And Explores The Larger Narrative Of Memorialization In America He Recounts The Crash And Its Sobering Immediate Impact On Area Residents And The Nation, Discusses The History Of And Controversies Surrounding Efforts To Permanently Commemorate The Event, And Relates How Locals And Grief Stricken Family Members Ultimately Bonded With Movers And Shakers At The Federal Level To Build The Flight National MemorialA Heartfelt Examination Of Memory, Place, And The Effects Of Tragedy On Small Town America, This Fact Driven Account Of How The Flight National Memorial Came To Be Is A Captivating Look At The Many Ways We Strive As Communities To Forever Remember The Events That Change Us always good to remember what the country went through brings back lots of memories. This compelling new book is a model for narrative non fiction writing about landscape architecture, 9 11 and specifically, how the community of Shanksville, Pennsylvania moved from grief to building a lasting memorial.As the former editor of Landscape Architecture magazine, J William Thompson is one of the leading design writers in the country Moving beyond a standard magazine feature style, he builds on the fact based storytelling tradition of Truman Capote, John Hershey, and Tony Hiss to give readers the sense that they are part of the story unfolding around them that they are rooted in a place and community.Starting with that September morning in 2001 when United Flight 93 crashed deep into the ground on the edge of Shanksville, Thompson traces the years as the town and the families of passengers from all over the world forged a memorial of healing and long term acceptance.Ever since the controversies over Maya Lin s Vietnam Memorial, we have known that creating memorials that satisfy everyone is almost impossible in an increasingly pluralistic nation There are no longer universal symbols for honor, patriotism, and heroism And this diversity and debate played out in Shanksville.But, Thompson s remarkable narrative also shows how even though Americans interpret symbols and memory differently there are moments when we find a process to overcome old divisions and to move on.For this reason alone, Thompson s book deserves to become a lasting part of college reading lists for courses in design, art history, architecture, and journalism just to name a few.
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- From Memory to Memorial
- J. William Thompson
- 27 July 2019 J. William Thompson