Local woman tells story of her hometown, Shanksville, Pa.

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Almost everyone can remember where they were when the 9/11 attacks happened and how that day affected them, but for one Augusta woman, it hit very close to home.

"Here are the FBI, they're still working on the site where it came down," said Ginny Lohre as she looked at pictures she took of where United Flight 93 crashed near her home in Shanksville, Pa. "When I think of home now I'm very proud of our little community and how we all came together."

Her mother was at their home, just a short distance from where the plane went down, killing everyone on board.

"She was so afraid when this happened," Lohre said. " You know, terrorists is something we heard about far away but not right where you live."

When the plane crashed, it buried itself completely underground, which is where it remains today.

"The only evidence that a plane had gone down at that spot was the smoke," Lohre said. "When the first people got there, all that was there was smoke and then a tire."

Last year, they dedicated a new monument in Shanksville.

"The marble wall, they have built it in the path that the plane came down and it's twisted around and then goes and stops at the crash site and there are 40 places on the marble wall that have names of each one who died," she said.

It's that flight path that Lohre calls remarkable, saying, "It's so remarkable because this plane passed over the high school. If it would've hit, it was full of students. It passed over farms and houses and in a big field, they brought it down, and you know, they not only saved lives in Washington, D.C., they saved the lives of many people that lived there."

Lohre has been back to Shanksville three times since that day. She says it's changed the whole town, now a very proud community and a part of national history.

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