A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's Remarks at Today's Flight 93 Commemoration
SHANKSVILLE, PA – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined former Secretary of State State General Colin Powell, former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and retired General Tommy Franks at the Eighth Annual Commemoration in honor of the heroic passengers of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.
Secretary Salazar's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:
Remarks of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Eighth Annual Commemoration in Honor of the Heroic Passengers of Flight 93
September 11, 2009
On behalf of President Barack Obama and a grateful nation, today we say to the families of our Flight 93 heroes, “We will never forget.”
The heroes of Fight 93, who here gave their lives, will forever inspire us by their example of their triumph of good over evil.
These fields, where the heroes of Flight 93 perished, are hallowed ground for a grateful nation. We honor the courage and sacrifice of the passengers and crew who gave their lives that day.
The events of September 11, 2001, revealed the extraordinary bravery of ordinary men and women. Their acts of courage, sacrifice, and heroism will never be forgotten.
We also honor and thank the community of Shanksville who were also victims on September 11, 2001 and who have sacrificed so much since then. Three hundred sixty-five days a year, volunteers from the community stand guard at this temporary memorial. The Families of Flight 93 and the people of Shanksville are now family.
This temporary memorial, these ceremonies on this makeshift pad, will be forever etched in our hearts, minds and memories.
The Flight 93 Memorial will soon stand in eternal tribute to the heroes of Flight 93.
The Department of the Interior and our National Park Service will ensure with the families and all our partners – that we will build this shrine for the heroes of Flight 93. But our words and actions here will ring hallow unless we rededicate ourselves everyday to the inherent goodness of human kind and to the proposition that good ultimately triumphs over evil. The heroes of Flight 93 will live forever as shining examples of the human quest.