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.
The Visitor Center is a self-guided experience, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - no tickets are required and entry is free. The Visitor Center includes the Flight 93 National Memorial book store.
The park is open between sunrise and 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. No tickets are required for access to the Memorial Plaza.
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.
The annual Luminaria Ceremony was held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 10, and included carrying 40 candle-lit lanterns to the Wall of Names, where each lantern was placed below the name of a Flight 93 hero. Visitors to Flight 93 during this time could see the Wall of Names at night, lit by 40 lanterns in memory of each of the passengers and crew members of Flight 93.
The Flight 93 National Memorial opened its doors on Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for their annual remembrance ceremony, adjacent to the Visitor Center, in honor of the 40 passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 93. The sixteenth remembrance included the reading of the names of the passengers and crew members, laying of wreaths by the Wall of Names and the ringing of the Bells of Remembrance.
The 3rd Annual Walk 93 was held on Sept. 30, 2017 at the Flight 93 National Memorial. Participants took educational guided journey, led by a ranger, down the 2.28 Alleé Walkway, over the Wetlands Bridge and come to a finish at the Western Overlook Trail. All proceeds are used to fund the Temporary Memorial Trail at the memorial. To learn more, visit www.Flight93Friends.org/walk-93.
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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.