Friday, May 18, 2007
Flight 93 National Memorialâs volunteer staff gathered for the annual work day at the temporary Flight 93 Memorial on Saturday, May 12. A total of 28 volunteers combined for more than 186 work-hours. The workers included local Volunteer Ambassadors who provide on-site interpretation, local elected officials, and members of the âWashington Renegades,â a rugby team from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
On work day, volunteers re-graded the memorial surface to improve drainage, and applied another layer of quarry dust, making the site safer and accessible. The Stonycreek Township Supervisors provided the quarry dust and were on hand to unload it on workday. The local fire company provided the use of their tanker and water to soak the dust, so that it could harden into a firm surface. Other volunteers donated the use of a skid loader and a power tamper. Volunteers also re-painted the on-site shelter donated by Assateague Island National Seashore staff in 2003. Later that day, the local volunteers treated the Washington Renegades to a luncheon at a local church in Buckstown.
This was the second year in a row that the rugby players from Washington D.C. traveled to the memorial for a workday. They honor Mark Bingham, a passenger on Flight 93, who used to play against the Renegades when Mark played for the San Francisco Fog team.
The Renegadesâ trip coordinator, Chip Wells, was working at the Department of Agriculture on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. He recalls seeing black smoke rising from the Pentagon and the confusion that gripped the city for hours. Another Renegade instrumental in bringing the team to the Flight 93 National Memorial, Ned Kiehloch, had been a civilian employee of the U.S. Army in the Fall of 2001. "We are honored to be here," said Kieloch. He was working just two corridors away when hijacked Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on September 11th . "We feel a real connection to Shanksville."