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“Such a lovely peaceful place for a the memorial”

Flight 93 National Memorial
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Stoystown
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The memorial site dedicated to those who lost their lives on United Airlines Flight 93, September 11, 2001.
Franklin Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
505 reviews
244 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
“Such a lovely peaceful place for a the memorial”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We drove from Ohio and stopped here on our way to Gettysburg. Thought we'd see a few covered bridges and the memorial on the way. I wasn't prepared for how much this would touch my heart. It's simple and lovely .. in the midst of fields of wildflowers surrounded by hills and mountains. To see their pictures and put yourself in their place .... it was just powerful. But right now others cann't see it because our gov't is closed .... shame on them. To ever close a memorial .... it's just heartbreaking. I didn't take the usual pictures of the memorial or photos of those they honored. this is the fields of flowers.
in the marble memorial the names are etched simply and theres one that is etched even more subtly noting "unborn child" when we read that ... well it touched us.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Still accessible despite shutdown”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

We were there on October 7th and because of the government shutdown we walked the 3.5 miles from the entrance to the memorial. Along the way we discovered a couple of entrances right next to the memorial off the road. One of those roads is strictly for families of the victims.

The memorial itself was simple and respectful. The landscape around it is still being finished with plans for a visitor center. I am disappointed that after 12 years this memorial isn't finished. There are plans to build a visitors center and completion of roads and walking paths inside the park.

Visited October 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A tribute to hero”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Very emotional site. Beautiful tribute to heroes! Must see if you are in the area. Brought back memories of that day. Where were you on that day?

Visited October 2013
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San Diego, CA
Level 6 Contributor
274 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Beautiful Tribute”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Very emotional visit. They have done a beautiful job of maintaining the area as it was when the tragedy ocurred. One cannot help but feel the pain and sorrow, yet be filled with admiration for these amazing individuals who were so unselfish. Take the time to read the signs.

It is out of the way, but worth taking the time.

I actually preferred this memorial to the 9/11 in NYC.

Visited September 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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80 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Quiet, Emotionally Moving Site Worth Seeing”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

The memorial is operated by the National Park Service. A few miles north and east from the Summerset, PA, exit on the PA Turnpike, this memorial is tucked back on a winding paved road that is clearly marked off the local highway, but it is helpful to have your GPS to find it. There are signed overlooks to help you visualize the flight path as the plane descended, and a large parking area and outdoor visitor shelter area with many visual displays and information about the flight, the hijackers and passengers, the phone calls and ultimate struggle that took place before the plane crashed. You walk along a paved path that borders the meadow where the plane crashed, and end at a point where you can look ahead 150-200 yards or so into the meadow where some boulders are placed to mark the site of impact. You cannot walk to the impact area or in the meadow because it is basically the resting grounds for the passengers. A little further down the paved trail a granite wall borders the sidewalk and runs parallel to the flight path. Each passenger's name is etched on a section of the wall, along with information telling if they were a crew member,etc. Even though the main visitor center facility is not yet constructed, the park ranger still gave an informative 20 minute presentation at the shelter area summarizing the events of the day and telling some stories of the people and events on board. It is a quiet and somber place to visit, but an important site to see. You can leave items at a small niche in the wall along the sidewalk trail in remembrance of those who died there. This is a worthwhile site to visit if you are in the vicinity or passing by on the turnpike. Take an hour to pay respect to the heroes who died here in order to save the Capital Bldg.

Visited July 2013
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