The Flight 93 National Memorial, administered by the National Park Service, serves as a permanent memorial to the 40 heroes on United Flight 93 who courageously gave their lives thwarting a planned attack on the nation's capitol on September 11, 2001. The Flight 93 National Memorial protects the crash site of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, in a rural field just outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The First Flight 93 Temporary Memorial:
A temporary memorial was first created by local officials and volunteers in 2001 on a hilltop overlooking the place where Flight 93 crashed on September 11. This original memorial included a 40' long fence filled with handwritten messages, flags, flowers, artwork and a multitude of other tributes to the heroes of Flight 93. Adjacent to the temporary Flight 93 memorial fence were 40 wooden angels, a granite marker, and wooden benches inscribed with the names of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.
The Western Overlook:
To assist with construction of the new permanent Flight 93 National Memorial, the temporary memorial along Skyline Road was moved to a new location known as the Western Overlook in the summer of 2010. A temporary Visitor's Center includes exhibits telling the story of Flight 93, the investigation, and the design of the memorial, and a "Leave Your Message" wall, while the Overlook offers views of the memorial plaza and crash site during construction, and opportunities to leave or view Tributes.
The Flight 93 National Memorial is open from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily. The temporary memorial at the Western Overlook will close for the very last time at 4:00 p.m. on September 9, 2011. The first phase of the new permanent memorial will be dedicated on September 10, 2011 and follow the same operating hours.
Admission & Fees:
Free. The Flight 93 National Memorial, under the administration of the National Park Service, charges no admission fee.
Location / Directions:
The Flight 93 National Memorial is located in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, about 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The closest exit off the Pennsylvania Turnpike is Exit 110, located about 15 miles southwest of the Flight 93 memorial.
Western Overlook Temporary Memorial:
open until September 9, 2011
1060 Lambertsville Road, Stoystown, PA 15563
Flight 93 National Memorial:
open from September 10, 2011
6281 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA 15563
Before You Visit:
Due to construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial, only the Western Overlook Temporary Memorial area is open to the public at this time. From the temporary memorial you can overlook the crash site. There is parking and several portable toilets, but no food, beverages or other services.
Permanent Flight 93 National Memorial:
The first phase of the planned 2,200 acre National Park to honor the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 will be dedicated on September 10, 2011. The Flight 93 Memorial design by Paul Murdoch Architects of Los Angeles was selected in 2005, following a year-long, international design competition.
This will make the Flight 93 National Memorial the first national park designed entirely through an open, public competition. The family members of Flight 93 played a major role in the selection of the final memorial design.
The focus of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial will be the 'Sacred Ground,' the final resting place of Flight 93's passengers and crew. Visitors entering the Flight 93 National Memorial will first view this area from above, before stopping at the Visitor Center or descending down the curving mile-long walkway to the Sacred Ground. 40 Memorial Groves of red and sugar maple trees will line the path. A plaza at the Sacred Ground will allow visitors to closely view the crash site.
The permanent Flight 93 National Memorial will open on September 10, 2011, with an official dedication ceremony.
"A common field one day; a field of honor forever. May all who visit this place remember the collective acts of courage of the passengers and crew, revere this hallowed ground as the final resting place of those heroes, and reflect on the power of individuals who choose to make a difference."
--Preamble to the Mission Statement for the Flight 93 National Memorial