He added that he also was grateful that former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden attended the dedication of the memorial on Saturday. “I was psyched that out of nowhere President Clinton said he was going to help with raising the rest of the money to complete the project.”
Wilson remembered his brother-in-law as a guy with a dry sense of humor. “I also know that if he saw all of this, he’d say what’s the big deal? Anyone would have done the same thing.”
He said he has visited the actual crash site quite a few times, and is pleased it will remain as-is. Only family members are allowed to visit the final resting place.
On Monday, families will attend a private service, and three caskets containing unidentifiable remains will be buried at the site.
Local firefighters have formed a bond with the families of Flight 93, and hosted a dinner at the Shanksville firehouse on Friday night. “We had over 230 people here,” said Chief Terry Schaffer.
On Saturday, Biden visited the firefighters, spending more than a half hour at the station. Schaffer said he was impressed with the vice president. “He signed autographs and posed for pictures. He also spoke with a group of motorcyclists who happened to be here at the time.”
Schaffer said he was told of the visit five minutes ahead of time. “I asked the Secret Service if they wanted me to close the doors after he came in. They said I didn’t have to. But, we were told not to text or call anyone. And, everyone who was there had to stay.”
Biden was presented with a company patch and a t-shirt.