Park Service Prepares Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania

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.
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 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 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 wall, listing the names of those who were killed when the plane crashed, overlooks the spot where the flight came down.
A wall, listing the names of those who were killed when the plane crashed, overlooks the spot where the flight came down. ( Steven Ehrlich )
( Steven Ehrlich )
A closer look at the new visitor center in the foreground, which will soon open to the public.
A closer look at the new visitor center in the foreground, which will soon open to the public. ( Steven Ehrlich )
In July, workers on the site were busy placing trees at the site.
In July, workers on the site were busy placing trees at the site. ( 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.
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 )
According to the National Park Service, more than 130,000 people visit the Flight 93 memorial each year.
According to the National Park Service, more than 130,000 people visit the Flight 93 memorial each year. ( Steven Ehrlich )
Many who visit the memorial leave flags, cards and other mementos at the site.
Many who visit the memorial leave flags, cards and other mementos at the site. ( 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.
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 )
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.
The community ambassadors curated a display of some of the objects left as tributes at the memorial. ( Steven Ehrlich )
The public can leave messages on cards displayed in the museum.
The public can leave messages on cards displayed in the museum. ( Steven Ehrlich )
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