September 11, 2001 began as an ordinary, late-summer day. With fair weather and blue skies over much of the country, thousands of commercial airliners prepared for flight. But in less than two hours’ time, this ordinary day was transformed as 19 terrorists boarded and hijacked four airplanes, using them to attack America. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when the hijacked planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon near Washington, DC and when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside, just 80 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Flight 93 National Memorial is a place to learn about the forty passengers and crew of Flight 93 whose actions thwarted the hijackers’ plan to fly this plane to a target in Washington, DC, most likely the US Capitol. It is a place to walk beside their final resting place and honor the extraordinary courage of those who fought back against the terrorists. Outdoor exhibits, a cell phone tour, Park Rangers and volunteers provide more information to visitors.
The Visitor Center Complex consists of the Visitor Center, Flight Path Walkway, and Learning Center. The Visitor Center includes 10 interactive display exhibits detailing the story of Flight 93 and the heroic actions of the passengers and crew. The Flight Path Walkway follows the exact path Flight 93 flew over. The Learning Center is complete and open.
The Wetlands Bridge is in progress and will allow visitor walking the Allee to cross the wetlands and then walk to the Memorial Plaza at the crash site. The bridge will provide opportunities for reflection and changing views of the wetlands habitat.
Hours of Operation
Memorial Hours: Grounds are open sunrise to sunset, year round. There are public restrooms available in the Learning Center.
Visitor Center Hours: Open 9:00am; Close 5:00pm. The Visitor Center is open daily including holidays unless noted below: