Sixteen years after 9/11, Catonsville family remembers daughter Elizabeth Wainio

Ben Wainio and his family traveled from Catonsville to Shanksville, Pennsylvania to attend the “soundbreaking” for the final piece of the National Flight 93 Memorial, the Tower of Voices, a 93-foot windchime with a different tone for each of the 40 voices silenced when terrorists hijacked the flight on September 11, 2001. Wainio’s 27-year-old daughter, Elizabeth was aboard the plane, traveling on business, reports Libby Solomon in the Catonsville Times.

The Tower of Voices will stand on a hill at the entrance to the park and catch the passing winds. At the soundbreaking, on September 10, 2017, organizers unveiled one chime, then played the attendees an audio simulation of what all 40 chimes together will sound like when the windchime is finished next September.

“‘The goal was to create tones that had some dissonance to them, so you get the peaceful tones of the chimes. … But it also adds some dissonance, to help remind us that our loved ones perished fighting,”‘ said Gordon Felt, President of the Families of Flight 93, who lost his brother aboard Flight 93.

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