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On September 11, 2001 four commercial airliners were hijacked in a planned attack against the United States. Two jet liners were flown into the World Trade Center Twin Towers and a third aircraft into the Pentagon. A fourth aircraft, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania in the Laurel Highlands.
The 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 had time to realize that this was unlike any previous hijacking, and they developed a plan to try to take back the plane and not let it reach its intended target, Washington, DC. They succeeded in this effort, but, unfortunately, lost their lives.
Congress acted swiftly to authorize a national memorial to commemorate the brave actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93. A unique partnership was formed that brought together State and Federal agencies, the local communities, families of the passengers and crew, and the American people in creating a memorial to honor the 40 heroes on board Flight 93.
On behalf of the Flight 93 National Memorial partners - the Families of Flight 93, the Friends of the Flight 93 National Memorial, and the National Park Foundation - the National Park Service invites you to visit the Laurel Highlands to experience a significant piece of our nation's history; one that we must NEVER FORGET.
Visitors can access the National Park Service directly off of US Route 30 and travel 2 ½ mile access road, which leads to the one mile “Ring Road,” which encircles the field adjacent to the crash site.The final resting place of the passengers and crew is the heart of the Flight 93 National Memorial and will remain untouched. Visitors can view the crash site from the Memorial Plaza. The names of the 40 passengers and crew are inscribed on the wall of the plaza as it follows the flight of the plane. The Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex, dedicated on September 10th, 2015, houses an exhibit that adds a self-guided intellectual understanding to the emotional experience of walking along and viewing the crash site itself. More than 60,000 tributes have been left at the Flight 93 National Memorial, and visitors continue to leave more tributes.
There are two walking trails available for visitors: the 1.7 mile Allee walkway, which takes visitors over the wetlands bridge and down to the Memorial Plaza, and a shorter .7 mile switchback trail from the Wall of Names to the Visitor Center Complex.
Every year, an array of 40 candle lanterns is placed at the Wall of Names, honoring the passengers and crew of Flight 93, serving as a silent and moving tribute to the total and tragic loss of life in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
At the annual ceremony held on September 11, the names of the passengers and crew members are read and Bells of Remembrance are rung in their memory.
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For directions, contact information, and to learn more about events and activities at Flight 93 National Memorial, visit www.nps.gov/flni
or call (814) 893-6322.
The park is open sunrise to sunset. Public restrooms are located adjacent to the Flight 93 National Memorial Learning Center. There are no restrooms available inside the Visitor Center. There are also public restrooms at the Memorial Plaza.