Shanksville, PA - In order to improve safety and provide visitors with a better view of the construction work that is presently underway for the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA, the National Park Service (NPS) will soon be moving the temporary memorial to a safe and accessible location for the duration of construction.
On July 8, the public will be directed to a new temporary visitor area known as the “Western Overlook.” NPS rangers and volunteer Flight 93 Ambassadors will be on hand to provide information on the memorial and the story of 9/11 and Flight 93. The memorial will be open to the public seven days a week from 9 AM to 7 PM, but will be closed at all other times due to construction activities. The NPS will soon be posting information on the move including directions, maps, visiting hours and other information to www.nps.gov/flni.
In 2001, the area of the Western Overlook was the site of the command post for the FBI, other investigators and first responders. It was also where the media reported on the crash and provided the public with the first images from the crash scene. It is also the point from which the families of the passengers and crew first observed the crash site.
The Flight 93 National Memorial is dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who on September 11, 2001 fought terrorists to take control of the plane, thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. It crashed instead into the remote fields of Shanksville, approximately 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The first phase of the memorial is on track to be dedicated by the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“The memorial area is now an active construction site with work significantly increasing in the months ahead. We want people to be able to visit the site and safely witness this progress, so we are moving visitors to the Western Overlook. We ask that people, and in particular groups, check our Web site at www.nps.gov/flni for updates and new information before making their plans,” said Joanne Hanley, NPS Superintendent, National Parks of Western PA.
“A new period in the life of the Flight 93 National Memorial has begun,” said Gordon Felt, President, Families of Flight 93. “To the Families of Flight 93, moving to the Western Overlook site means that we have come full circle. We will be back where we first saw the place our loved ones lost their lives. Visitors will be able to view the site’s progress and we hope it will inspire them to continue to support the memorial’s creation.”
“Construction progress is happening because thousands of people across the country and the world have generously contributed to the Flight 93 National Memorial. But we are not done yet. We need further support to help meet the Nation’s promise to build a fitting memorial to the Flight 93 heroes,” said King Laughlin, Campaign Manager, Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign.
About the Flight 93 National Memorial
On Sept. 24, 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on Sept. 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni; to help with the development of the memorial, please visit www.honorflight93.org; or follow us on Facebook at Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign.