NAPLES, Fla - A Naples lawyer is at the center of expanding a memorial to remember the victims of Flight 93, the plane that crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on 9/11.
A lot has changed in the last year. The big thing, crews broke ground on Phase II of the project Tuesday. It's still years from being done, but it's near and dar to one Naples man and he's not stopping until the job is finished.
Not a day goes by that Patrick White doesn't think about his cousin Louis "Joey" Nacke III. "Some people feel their actions are the ones that began the first counter attack on the war on terror," says White during an interview at his Naples law office.
Nacke was one of 40 lives lost on Flight 93 when the plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. "They acted in a democratic fashion and chose their fate rather than to sit down and be passive."
Ten years ago Congress asked White, a Naples lawyer, and a dozen others, to develop a national memorial honoring the passenger of Flight 93.
"We've been very patient, we've been very persistent and I think at this point, again with this ground breaking seeing things come to fruition," says White.
A memorial wall engraved with the name of each victim stands in the middle of a National Park in Shanksville. Now, crews are adding a visitors center, education center and pedestrian bridge.
"It's more than just history, it's the reality of the tragedy and horrors of that day and now it's a quiet field for reflection," says White.
Eventually, they will break ground on Phase III, the Tower of Voices. It's a 93 foot tower with 40 chimes, one for each person that died on September 11, 2001.
"Few are the people on their first visit that don't shed a tear," says White.
Phase two is set to be finished in about two years and looking ahead, White hopes Phase III will be done in time for the 15th anniversary of 9/11.