America has a longstanding tradition of honoring its greatest heroes in national parks. The Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania honors forty men and women whose brave actions on September 11, 2001, prevented their hijacked plane from reaching its intended target in the nation’s capital.
The Memorial includes over a dozen distinct design features and, upon completion, will encompass some 2,200 acres of dedicate parklands. The Memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in September 2011, and an on-site visitor and learning center opened to the public in September 2015.
Along with the Memorial’s construction, there remains a strong commitment to developing strong educational opportunities, both to heal the wounds of 9/11 and to introduce a young new generation of visitors to the messages and stories of Flight 93. Restoring the natural environment through the planting of thousands of trees and other initiatives brings new life to the reclaimed coal mine.
Just as the process of remembrance goes on for those touched by the memories of Flight 93, the work of the Flight 93 National Memorial continues with the help of many dedicated partners including the National Park Service, the Families of Flight 93, and the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. Together we ensure that the stories of Flight 93 live on for generations and fulfill our resolute promise – we will never forget.
For more background on Flight 93, please view this moving video: