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.
Visitors can access the new unit of the National Park Service directly off of US Route 30, and will follow a newly-constructed 2 ½ mile access road, leading to a 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. After parking, visitors will be able to 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 path of the plane. At the Arrival Court, visitors are greeted by volunteer Ambassadors and by National Park Service rangers who will explain the events that occurred on September 11 and the actions of the passengers and crew of 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.
But our work is not yet done. The next phase of construction, which includes an education and visitor center, is currently under way. Join with us and thousands of others to ensure that this important day in our nation's history is remembered by future generations.
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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.