A ceremonial groundbreaking and first plantings for the “Remember Me” rose garden for Flight 93 will be held at 4 p.m. today on Route 30 near Route 160.

The Pennsylvania location is the first of three planned gardens – the others will be in New York and Washington – to commemorate and honor the heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The ceremonial rose “Forty Heroes,” a golden yellow floribunda named to honor the innocent passengers and crew of United Flight 93, will be planted.

In addition, “Firefighter,” named for the Fire Department of New York and “We Salute You,” for those lost at the Pentagon, will be planted to signify the three 9/11 crash sites.

Sue Casey of Portland, Ore., president and founder of the “Remember Me” rose garden, will attend, along with Flight 93 family members, other dignitaries and Clay and Mary Alice Mankamyer. Clay Mankamyer is the rose garden director.

A news release said the garden “will provide a beautiful sanctuary where the families and friends and all who honor freedom can come to seek comfort and peace and release the pain felt for those who lost their lives that day. There is not an American who is unaffected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Senate panel OKs funding

U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey on Friday announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $1.4 million for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The funding will be used to support the infrastructure, including a new entrance and approach road directly off of Route 30 for access to the Field of Honor and Sacred Ground.

This new road is about 2 miles in length and will improve an existing road previously used for coal trucks. This money is needed, the senators said, to support ongoing development and ensure dedication of the memorial on Sept. 11, 2011.

Seventh-grader’s eagles soar

A Boston area seventh-grader – inspired after seeing a movie on the actions of the passengers and crewmembers of Flight 93 – is crafting 40 hand-blown glass eagles with the assistance of an art professor.

Victoria Arakelian, a pupil at Miles River Middle School in Hamilton, Mass., used an assignment for a community service project in the fall to design a lasting reminder of the actions taken on Flight 93.

With two months to complete her project, she began sketching and creating models of eagles – symbolizing the freedom, bravery and loyalty of the American people.

Victoria enlisted the help of John Volpacchio, professor of art and director of the Glassworks Studio at Salem State College.

Together, they began sculpting 40 glass eagles measuring about 6 inches high, 7 inches wide and 8 inches long.

Each stands on a small base and is individually signed and numbered.

“I love helping others through these projects and other acts of kindness, because it makes me feel true happiness,” Victoria said.

“I think that the kids of this generation and the future ones should be able to go to the memorial and understand and honor our heroes.”

The eagles will be presented to Barbara Black of the National Park Service in Somerset on Aug. 17.

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