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An artist rendition of the Tower Of Voices, which will be erected at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville in 2018. The tower will be 93 feet high, and contain 40 wind chimes.

Construction of the “Tower of Voices” at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, in Somerset County, is on schedule.

Stephen M. Clark, superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, provided an update of the $4.5 million project: The final design will be approved in August, ground broken in September and a year later – September 2018 – the memorial will be dedicated.

“It will be very, very special – honoring the 40 men and women on the flight,” Clark told an assembly last month.

The parks service is being very deliberate on every aspect of the design, placement and construction of the 93-foot tower that will hold 40 wind chimes – one for each passenger or crew member.

“When you have 40 chimes, you don’t want it to be noise,” Clark said. “That’s why we’re taking our time. It will have a beautiful melody that will ring throughout the countryside.”

The tower will stand as a sentry, guarding the entrance to the national memorial, located along Route 30.

The chimes will be the eternal voices for the innocent victims whose speech was silenced forever when United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, after being hijacked by terrorists.

The tower will be a fitting, lasting and beautiful tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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