Flight 93 National Memorial honors the passengers and crew aboard the United Airlines flight who stopped hijackers from reaching their target on September 11, 2001. After learning of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the passengers and crew fought back, and the hijackers decided to crash the plane before reaching their planned destination. Directly after the event in 2001, a temporary memorial was built on the crash site. In 2005, the design from the team led by Paul and Milena Murdoch was chosen for the permanent memorial. The project, which will be completed in phases, is still under construction. However, the memorial in its current form is powerful and well worth the visit. Pay your respects as you take in the impact site, now planted with wildflowers, and the Wall of Names, which features 40 white marble panels, each inscribed with a hero's name, lined along a black granite walkway. Take a look at our Stoystown trip planner to schedule your visit to Flight 93 National Memorial and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Flight 93 National Memorial Reviews
I knew the basics of Flight 93, but visiting the crash site and Visitor Center really made it come alive for me. A Park volunteer accompanied my girlfriend and me to the Memorial and gave us great ins... more »
We were driving home from Ohio and realized on the AAA guide that the Flight 93 National Memorial was within reach. We got there later in the afternoon. Gorgeous location with some elevation and view.... more »
We were driving along the Interstate and decided to take the detour to visit the memorial. Winding roads that aren’t too terrible to drive brought us to the entrance. The memorial was beautifully done... more »
Excellent NPS Park now. Wife and I spent two hours there. Quite a moving experience. Recommend every American visit here if they have the opportunity. God Bless America.
The Flight 93 Memorial is unlike anything I've ever been to before. While it's a somber experience, they’ve respectfully taken a heartbreaking event and created a beautiful environment that pays homage to those that lost their lives. They’ve done a spectacular job honoring and memorializing the brave souls from flight 93 in a natural, stark,and minimalist way. The main park building is a simple structure with large walls and a black pathway that designate the flight path of flight 93. Inside there are artifacts, timelines, and other educational displays to give an in-depth overview of the events that took place. The main building is very impressive, but once you step outside and look across the grounds, you'll be amazed at the beauty of the grounds. Trees encircle a large pathway that you can walk along to lead you to the memorial. Inside the circle, depending on season, are colorful wild flowers and a pond teeming with wildlife. Outside of the circle you can see many new seedlings that have recently been planted and they plan on reforesting much of the area. At the end of the pathway you’ll encounter the memorial. Individual granite(?) Slabs engraved with each person's name from Flight 93. The names are also aligned to follow the flight path. You don't have to walk the entire path to go to the memorial, you can drive past the main national park building to a second parking lot closer to the memorial if you don't want to or can't walk. The Flight 93 Memorial is a poignant and yet touching place to pay your respects.
Absolutely beautiful. The indoor part is very educational and emotional. The walk down the trail to view the wall and where the plane crashed is beautiful. Its worth the drive, spend the day and never forget 9/11.
Wonderful tribute to the heroes of Flight 93. The exhibits are well curated, helping the visitor get a better sense of how events unfolded. The atmosphere is somber and thought provoking; we begin to appreciate the greatness hidden inside people who we think are just regular folks. The viewing deck is simple but effective. But by far the best feature of the memorial is the complete absence of food or beverages. This is a place for introspection, not a picnic. (Alert: Google Maps took us to the old approach road, which is now closed. Please look for and follow the signs, and save yourself a half hour.)
2nd time I've been here and they've done a fantastic job from when we first visited. We came a 3yr old and a 5 month old when it was 30° outside. It was a challenge and we didn’t get to spend as much time as we would have liked (especially outside), but we’re happy we checked it out. God bless those people that lost their lives that day and their families.
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