The purpose of the Flight 93 National Memorial Competition is to lay a foundation for the planning and development of a national memorial at the place where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
The concept of scarring and healing takes the symbolic form of a translucent roof following the United Airlines flight path as it crashed into the exposed bedrock and disintegrated. The scars are both the crash site and the landscape polluted through years of strip mining and agriculture.
Natural succession will slowly heal the landscape and bring it to its original state of a Carolinian forest. The final design places the memorial, a luminous roofscape, within a white and green meadow representing healing through hope and purity (colours inspired by the American Suffragette movement) and reaches its flowering peak on September 11th.