SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Rev. Al Mascherino believes the passengers and crew of Flight 93 knew they would fight the terrorists that hijacked their plane — just as he knew he would one day honor them for their courage.
"They virtually changed the destiny of the world in a very quick time," Mascherino said. "All those people that died so quickly, and I thought there has to be something done."
In the span of a year, the Roman Catholic priest has renovated a century-old former chapel three miles from the Sept. 11, 2001, crash site in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, erected a 40-foot bell tower and appointed a board of directors to help him honor the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93.
The board, whose members include victims' relatives, is setting up a nonprofit corporation to run the nondenominational "Thunder On The Mountain, UAL Flt 93 Memorial Chapel" as a spiritual monument.