On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.
United Airlines Flight 93 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight that was hijacked by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001, as part of the September 11 attacks. It crashed into a field near the Diamond T. Mine in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, near Indian Lake and Shanksville, during an attempt by some of the passengers to regain control, killing all 44 people aboard including the four hijackers. No one on the ground was injured.
The visitor's center is perfect. It is small but does an amazing job laying out the time line of the events of the day. It honors the sacrifice and lives of the crew and passengers of flight 93. The memorial site is minimal, peaceful and reverent, honoring the enormity of the loss. We were glad to see so many families bringing their children to remember.
We did not spend a long time here with our two eleven-year-olds, but it is a beautiful park. Obviously, the importance is why you go, and it is strange being in such a recently historic location. It was a great way to have conversations with our young children. There is a bit of walking involved, but that is not a negative for us at all.
Beautiful memorial of one of the worst days in our history. It is heartbreaking but worth the out-of-the-way trip.
Overwhelming, breathtaking experience. I believe its open from sunrise - sunset. I arrive there later and avoided any school crowds. Parking is available and free, and signs are well placed throughout the surrounding areas to get you there.
Be respectful and quiet please!
Fantastic memorial. Awesome job by NPS capturing the emotions of the day and the aftermath. Not many historical places bring me to tears but this did. Perhaps an overlooked asset of the visitor center is the small box of tissues at the end... you'll need them!
Very moving and will be even more so when it's finished.
Perfect stop on our way to Notre Dame. Visitor center opening in September. Knowledgable park rangers that do a run down of what happened at scheduled times.
There are definite operating hours. They close and lock gates at 7 PM. We arrived around 8 PM so we didn't get to see it. Don't know when they open. Try to make the trip. It's a pretty highway with beautiful sights of windmills!
Nice and well planned. Would not plan a trip just for it.
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