Forty American flags stood tall and the sound of bagpipes rang out on State Game Lands 93 in Somerset County as the Pennsylvania Game Commission rededicated a memorial to honor the 40 heroic passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 93.
The agency dedicated a new wooden game lands sign; two stone, engraved benches, one honoring all 40 men and women on board and one honoring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist and Law Enforcement Officer Richard J. Guadagno; and two informational kiosks.
State Game Lands 93 is located across U.S. Route 30, almost directly adjacent to the entrance of the National Flight 93 Memorial in Stoystown.
During Friday’s ceremony, Daniel Freed, the Student Conservation Association’s Richard J. Guadagno Fellow at the National Flight 93 Memorial spoke about Richard, saying “his spirit and love for our natural resources is still evident even 20 years after his death. He lived his life in a way that makes him impossible to be forgotten. His story didn’t end on Sept. 11. It’s still all around us. Richard’s life of passion and love for learning is worth more than just remembering, it’s a life worth emulating.”