United Airlines Flight 93, the flight that crashed into the field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, is set to get a memorial dedicated on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy. The design of that memorial is sparking big controversy. It was conceived by a Los Angeles-based architect, and mirrors the topography of the bowl-shaped land, highlighting a circular pathway ringed by trees, all pointed toward the "sacred ground" of the crash site near the bottom of the circle.
Some are violently opposed to the memorial design saying that it includes a thinly-veiled Islamic tribute to the hijackers complete with "Islamic-like crescents built into the plan, glass blocks honoring the terrorists, a wind-chime tower that seems to be an Islamic minaret, and site points to the Islamic holy city of Mecca."
One critic says, "there's Islamic symbolism in the design. The current design should be completely scrapped." Yet another says, "please don't sanction the placement of a fully functional Islamic mosque as the head stone on their graves."
One woman who lost her husband during the crash as passengers struggled with Islamic terrorists for control of the plane, believed to be headed to a target in Washington said, "I don't even think about it. The land speaks for itself; it's in the shape of an embrace," not an Islamic crescent.
Petitions with 5,300 signatures opposing the design were presented to the Flight 93 boards during its quarterly meeting. Is it possible the memorial contains secret symbolism?