Pennsylvania considers renaming road to honor Sept. 11 victims

| 2/20/2002

Pennsylvania state lawmakers have proposed renaming a stretch of road Flight 93 Remembrance Highway to honor the victims of the hijacked plane that crashed in southwest Pennsylvania Sept. 11, killing 44 people. Five other bills and six resolutions in the legislature also would honor Flight 93 victims.

The road would be the state's first memorial highway dedicated to people aboard United Airlines Flight 93, bound from Newark, NJ, to San Francisco, which crashed in Somerset County, apparently after passengers tried to overtake terrorists who hijacked the plane.

"It's another tribute to those brave heroes," said Rep. Keith McCall (D-Lansford), who introduced the bill, along with Rep. Todd Eachus (D-Hazleton) to name 35 miles of the highway from Nesquehoning to the Columbia County border. McCall said he expects HB2313 to come up for a vote when the legislature returns March 11.

The bill was prompted by retired state Trooper Bill Schaeffer who said the bravery of the passengers and crew on Flight 93 "makes you love your country more and appreciate the freedoms we have." Designating Route 93 Remembrance Highway is "just a good way to remember the poor victims of terrorism that day - not only Flight 93, but all victims," he said.