What Is at the Flight 93 National Memorial?

What Is at the Flight 93 National Memorial?

The Flight 93 National Memorial is a permanent memorial located at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93. It is located in rural southwestern Pennsylvania an hour and a half's driving time from Pittsburgh. The site is dedicated to the idea that the story of Flight 93 continues to be told for generations and that the crash site of Flight 93 is protected in perpetuity.

On Sept. 11, 2001, passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 thwarted a terrorist attack by overpowering hijackers and eventually crashing the plane into the Pennsylvania countryside. Within days, a temporary memorial to the event opened on a hillside 500 yards from the crash site.

In 2002, a bill was introduced the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a National Memorial. In its final form, the bill excluded the four hijackers from being memorialized. Through a multistage design competition, a commission selected a final design from hundreds of entries.

The memorial features a Memorial Plaza at the crash site. There is no entrance fee, and there are no food service or drinking water areas. The memorial is operated by the National parks service, but there are not areas for camping, hiking or recreation.

After 14 years of planning and development, the park opened on Sept. 10, 2015.