Shanksville, Pennsylvania: Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial
Flight 93 National Memorial
- 6424 Lincoln Highway, Shanksville, PA
- Flight 93 National Memorial. Just off of US Hwy 30/Lincoln Hwy, 8.5 miles east of the intersection of US Hwy 30 and US Hwy 219. Look for the National Park Service signs.
- Daily summer 9 am - 6:30 pm; off-season closes at 4:30 pm.
The national memorial that marks the site where the last plane crashed on 9/11. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [09/11/2011]
Visitor Tips and News About Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial
This is now a compelling site pretty much in the middle of nowhere. While not entirely complete, the story of Flight 93 is told on storyboards mounted at the entrance to the site. There is also a phone number to call in order to get a narration of the events chronologically as one reads the boards.
It is about a 10 minute walk nearly to the actual crash site, which is off limits to all but immediate family. The approximate spot of the crash is marked by a 14 ton boulder with American flags mounted in the front. The names of the crew and passengers are engraved on tall white marble tablets in a line that mimics the direction in which the plane was traveling when it crashed. A long, low black wall running all the way to the memorial wall on the left has several alcoves in which rosary beads, notes, embroidered patches, etc. have been placed by visitors to the site.
Friendly park rangers are available to answer questions. Very quiet. Quite stunning.[Exaspera, 06/17/2012]
I just made my second visit to the Flight 93 Crash Site and I am sad to report that the Temporary Fight 93 Shrine that was created, emotionally staffed, and maintained by the local volunteer firemen has been replaced by a dull and expressionless "viewpoint" provided by the National Parks Service. While I'm certain that the National Park Service will ultimately create a suitable permanent memorial, I feel that they have cheated the public out of the chance to visit a temporary shrine that was truly much more moving and memorable.
While I spent a couple of hours there during my visit last year, I only stayed a few minutes this year, and I can no longer recommend visiting this location until the permanent Flight 93 Memorial has been completed.[Joe Nelis, 08/03/2010]
We did not know what to expect when we decided to visit the Flight 93 Memorial. After a rather lengthy drive out into the country, we found the temporary memorial on a quiet hillside about 1/2 mile from the actual crash site. Apparently the land where the crash occurred has just been purchased from the owners, thus allowing a permanent memorial to be constructed. It has to be one of the most sad places that we have visited.
There is a small trailer/office where documents can be seen. Outside, there are benches, each with the name of a victim on it. Behind these is a memory wall where hundreds of objects of love and remembrance have been placed.
Also available is a transcript of the actual radio transmission from Flight 93, a chilling narrative of terror and bravery.[John Holmes, 10/09/2009]
After seeing Ground Zero in NYC and the Pentagon, we felt compelled to complete our "9/11" tour by visiting this memorial. Upon our arrival, it began snowing as we hurried into the temporary visitor's center, which is more of a trailer than a building. A Flight 93 guide, an older fella, took us through the events that occurred on that fateful day.
Outside stood the wall, covered with various tributes from license plates to flowers to firefighters' jackets. A somber and fitting tribute; I believe that everyone should get a chance to see before they build the more permanent memorial eventually.[Nat Balsley, 02/27/2008]