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Problem with most conspiracy theories that don**Q**t hold water is they have some of the facts and come to all the wrong conclusions. Few efforts are made to ASK the right people the RIGHT questions. Hey, I am up for a great conspiracy but the incompetence of our gummint precludes the sort of vast conspiracy by a bunch of people who couldn**Q**t find their way to the bathroom with a map and a flashlight would have created. Loose Change is a travesty of misinformation and the kind of effluence Michael Moore is famous for. This article from the St. Anthony Messenger should be read. If these folks in Shankville and local communities are involved in a **QQ**coverup**QQ** then the world has gone totally MAD. Government has been involved in lies and cover up but the kind of VAST conspiracy Loose Change gets into gives more credit to these bozos than they deserve. The kind of disinformation that makes a real conspiracy of interests become lumped in with garbage. It amazes me how much credit people want to give to our idiocracy. That movie by Mike Judge is a far better indication of how things work than Loose Change or those who believe that hogwash.

From St. Anthony Messenger - it ain**Q**t the CFR print arm - just a small publication that did its job.
THE SCARCITY of signs directing pilgrims to the temporary memorial where United Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, five years ago doesn**Q**t dissuade visitors from meandering along Somerset County**Q**s country roads until they reach the site. The September 11 crash killed everyone on board, including the four terrorists who hijacked the plane.

Over 100,000 people come each year to pay their respects to the 33 passengers and seven crew members who are credited with preventing the Boeing 757 from reaching its target in Washington, D.C.

Stan and Emily Jerich are among the volunteers who greet these visitors every day of the year inside a small unheated shelter on a windy knoll above the crash site. **QQ**We are scheduled for two hours once a week,**QQ** explains Emily, a eucharistic minister who lives 45 minutes away at The Villages at Seven Springs. The Jerichs were among the area Catholics who shared their experiences with St. Anthony Messenger on the first day of spring this year.

As people trickled inside on this brisk day, Stan, 67, and Emily, 65, gave informal presentations, offered brochures, answered questions and described plans for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

In front of the shelter, names of the 40 heroes of Flight 93 are prominently displayed on benches that face the field where the plane crashed upside down at 10:03 a.m. at an estimated speed of over 500 miles per hour. As tragic as it was, the damage could have been much more extensive. The Boeing 757 could have carried 182 passengers. If the plane had remained airborne for another few seconds, a nearby school in the path of the flight would have been hit, explains Emily.

**QQ**The F.B.I. and state police were here within 30 minutes**QQ** of the crash, Emily notes. **QQ**The F.B.I. led the investigation.**QQ**

When relatives of the victims stayed at Seven Springs Mountain Resort not long after the crash, the Jerichs met many of them. Emily recalls trying to console a parent of one of the crew members. She explains that she and Stan know what it**Q**s like to lose a child because they had a daughter who died at age four from leukemia.

Emily remembers trying to assist a man at Seven Springs who fell asleep while holding an infant. She was afraid he would drop the baby so she offered to hold the child, but the man declined her offer. **QQ**He said his wife had been on the plane,**QQ** she explains. **QQ**I just kept watching him in case he relaxed so I could grab the baby.**QQ**

Of all the volunteer activities Stan and Emily are involved in, she says their role at this memorial is the experience she will never forget because of the many thank-you**Q**s they receive from appreciative visitors.

Working With the F.B.I.

At the temporary memorial, Sally Svonavec, 64, greets her husband, Jim, and their son, Jamie, when the men drive up in their pickup truck. Members of St. Peter**Q**s Parish in nearby Somerset, they explain how the family business, J & J Svonavec Excavating, became the only excavating company to work with the F.B.I. at the site.

Jim, 65, and Jamie, 34, have refused all previous requests for interviews: They wanted to tell their story to a Catholic publication. Men of few words, they admit it**Q**s difficult returning to this site, where they dug through soil that contained pieces of the aircraft, personal items that belonged to those on board and human remains: No whole bodies were recovered.

Sally explains that she and Jim were in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on September 11, 2001, just beginning an overdue vacation. Jim had assured Jamie that he could handle business matters while they were gone.

Jim and Sally followed the shocking events of that morning on the news: They learned that two hijacked planes had hit the two towers of the World Trade Center, then a third plane crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane was being tracked over western Pennsylvania.

Later Jamie phoned them that the fourth plane had just crashed near Shanksville (about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh) on reclaimed strip-mined land where they had worked.

It didn**Q**t take long for throngs of law-enforcement officers, who had been tracking the plane**Q**s path, and other people, including Jamie, to reach the location where they could tell the aircraft had gone down. But it took a while to identify the exact location of impact because there was no plane visible. Sally remembers Jamie phoning them from the site and saying, **QQ**There is no plane there, believe me.**QQ**

The location was eventually determined because of some disturbed ground in front of a grove of charred evergreens, explains Jamie. The ground had swallowed up much of the wreckage.

Because of their familiarity with the property, the Svonavecs were asked to work with the F.B.I. on recovery efforts. **QQ**We hired some extra people and worked one long shift, seven days a week,**QQ** says Jim, a former federal mining inspector.

Using a Kobelco excavator, the process was slow and meticulous because **QQ**every bucket of material that was excavated went through screens,**QQ** explains Sally. Screening helped locate many body fragments and debris from the plane.

The plane **QQ**went in the ground so fast it didn**Q**t have a chance to burn,**QQ** says Jim. Authorities were especially anxious to find Flight 93**Q**s **QQ**black boxes**QQ** (cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder) in hopes of discovering what happened during the doomed flight.

The flight data recorder was located on September 13, some 15 feet underground. The following day, the cockpit voice recorder was unearthed at a depth of 25 feet. The cockpit recording was played in public for the first time this past April during the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks.

In honor of Jim**Q**s role in finding the black boxes, a United Airlines official presented him with a hat he treasures. It says, **QQ**I found the box.**QQ** The excavators also found **QQ**a jacket that belonged to one of the terrorists,**QQ** explains Jim. The jacket contained the hijacker**Q**s schedule for September 11. **QQ**We found the knives [the terrorists] used, too.**QQ**

Although only fragments of bodies were recovered, everyone was identified, including the hijackers, explains Emily Jerich. Pointing to a fenced-in field about 500 yards below the shelter, she explains that the public isn**Q**t allowed there **QQ**because that is their burial area.**QQ**

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