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Park Service Prepares Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania

Friday, September 09, 2011

A tribute to Richard Guadagno, one of the victims of Flight 93 on September 11, left at the crash site memorial in Shanksville, PA. A tribute to Richard Guadagno, one of the victims of Flight 93. (Steven Ehrlich)

On Saturday, September 10, a new national memorial will be dedicated in Shanksville, PA, at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, killing all 40 passengers and crew aboard, as well as four hijackers.

A new visitor center will also open, replacing the makeshift museum that currently houses information about the memorial, as well as biographies and tributes to the victims.

In July, workers were busy at the site, preparing it for the dedication. View a slideshow of the site below.

 

A new national memorial will be dedicated on Saturday in Shanksville, PA, which will honor those killed on September 11, 2001 on Flight 93.
Steven Ehrlich
A new national memorial will be dedicated on Saturday in Shanksville, PA, which will honor those killed on September 11, 2001 on Flight 93.
A view of the site from the Western Overlook, where the media was stationed in the days following the crash. The crash site is to the right and the new visitor's center and a farm are in the distance.
Steven Ehrlich
A view of the site from the Western Overlook, where the media was stationed in the days following the crash. The crash site is to the right and the new visitor's center and a farm are in the distance.
A wall, listing the names of those who were killed when the plane crashed, overlooks the spot where the flight came down.
Steven Ehrlich
A wall, listing the names of those who were killed when the plane crashed, overlooks the spot where the flight came down.
Steven Ehrlich
A closer look at the new visitor center in the foreground, which will soon open to the public.
Steven Ehrlich
A closer look at the new visitor center in the foreground, which will soon open to the public.
In July, workers on the site were busy placing trees at the site.
Steven Ehrlich
In July, workers on the site were busy placing trees at the site.
Workers have not moved a duck who nested and laid eggs at the site this summer, her presence a gentle sign of hope.
Steven Ehrlich
Workers have not moved a duck who nested and laid eggs at the site this summer, her presence a gentle sign of hope.
According to the National Park Service, more than 130,000 people visit the Flight 93 memorial each year.
Steven Ehrlich
According to the National Park Service, more than 130,000 people visit the Flight 93 memorial each year.
Many who visit the memorial leave flags, cards and other mementos at the site.
Steven Ehrlich
Many who visit the memorial leave flags, cards and other mementos at the site.
Volunteers from the community act as ambassadors at the site, answering questions from the public and retelling the story of a day that forever changed their community.
Steven Ehrlich
Volunteers from the community act as ambassadors at the site, answering questions from the public and retelling the story of a day that forever changed their community.
A temporary museum at the site houses tributes to the victims who died on Flight 93 as well as information about the memorial.
A temporary museum at the site houses tributes to the victims who died on Flight 93 as well as information about the memorial.
The community ambassadors curated a display of some of the objects left as tributes at the memorial.
Steven Ehrlich
The community ambassadors curated a display of some of the objects left as tributes at the memorial.
The public can leave messages on cards displayed in the museum.
Steven Ehrlich
The public can leave messages on cards displayed in the museum.

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Comments [1]

Charles Garris

I watched the full 3 hr. ceremony on MSBNC this Saturday. If this ceremony is going to be available on CD, I wish to purchase one doz. copies for family and friends. Cell: 301-502-5678 Thanks! and God Bless the Flt. 93 Families and God Bless America and herTroops.

Sep. 10 2011 03:07 PM

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