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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.
Reviewed February 28, 2014

My dad grew up a few miles down the street in Central City, PA by Reels Corners. We came up for my grandmothers funeral and decided to pay a visit. It wasn't complete when we were there but it was a beautiful and serene place. I'd recommend making the drive or flight, it's definitely worth seeing and paying respects to the heros of that day.

Thank Brittany H
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stopped at the memorial on the way to Pittsburgh during a snow storm. First off getting there is a snow storm is not advised given the horrible road conditions. However, the park keeps their roads fairly clean. The memorial might be something if it wasn't snowing but there wasn't much it see. In the spring a imagine you would get a better sense of what happened but it winter it is a white field. They are putting in some nice features coming this spring such as the forest of whispers.

They do not plow the walking paths during the winter so bring tall boots. They also had a ranger available to discuss what you are seeing which is an added bonus.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Whilst in Washington DC with my grandson, I commented on how skilfully Americans design and build memorials which are appropriate to the event or persons being commemorated. This is the case with the Flight 93 National Memorial. It would have been better had there not been a need to build it but the awful tragedy which was 9/11 will be imprinted on the world’s consciousness for many generations to come and something was needed to mark the disaster in this rural part of Pennsylvania. Those brave souls on Flight 93 fought to prevent greater catastrophe and this memorial does full justice to their memory, their valour and America’s determination to ensure a free world. Only places like the war cemetery in Arnhem in Holland come close to the tranquil yet sombre atmosphere of this magnificent tribute to the passengers and crew on Flight 93. The car park is suitably distant [quarter of a mile] from the actual crash site and the walk allows one to assimilate the moving and very detailed information boards prior to continuing along the Memorial Plaza. The place has a solemnity which is tangible and the views over the debris field allow for ample contemplation whilst approaching the emotional heart of the memorial. The poignant Wall of Names is aligned with the flight path and there is a powerful gate separating the living from the place where so many died, the actual spot being marked by a large boulder. Pay your respects here and expect to come away changed. Your memories will last a lifetime…

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We stopped while visiting UPJ. Easy to find. IT was very cold so we didn't linger too long. They are still in the process of building but the wall of names is complete and a boulder marks the actual crash site.. THe Park Ranger very helpful with information about the progress of the memorial. It is very sad to see the momentos left behind by loved ones who have visited. we just wish we knew their stories. Our hearts go out to the families and we thank the brave passengers who fought hard and gave up their lives for us.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

The Flight 93 National Memorial is well worth a visit.
Once you get there, you have time to reflect and meditate on the senseless killing of these innocent passengers. You cannot go up to the crash site; you may only peer at it from a distance. Only relatives may walk out to the actual crash site. The “main event” memorial –visitors center has not been built yet, this place is a work in progress.
There are actual several stories to this site. Remember, this was a random crash scene, where the plane came down. As you drive up the long paved entryway to the memorial, it feels as if you are driving through a charred moonscape. Certainly the footprint of the plane crash is not that big! No, the unsightly view was caused by years of open strip mining and this is how the mine site was left.
I talked to some of the locals and this practice was more common than they wished to recall. Evidently jobs were few there, so they made the trade of their local environment for jobs.
The Federal Government had to gain access to the actual crash site, which was not located near a state highway, so they had to buy the land leading up to the site and run a very long and expensive access road through this scarred abandoned mine site. Now in order to dress up the area and to make it more presentable, mass plantings of trees have been made. In about twenty years the site will look much, much better.
Another thing that is going on at this site is at the tree line right next to where Flight 93 hit. I noticed that the hemlock grove beside the crater was dying back. At first I thought that this was due to the “intense flames” of the crash, but then I realized now how long ago it was that the crash took place (over twelve years ago). I investigated this and found that the grove has been invested by the woolly adelgid that is devastating hemlock groves throughout the Keystone State.
The National Park Service is fighting to save these “Witness Trees” that sit right beside were Flight 93 came to rest.
So there you have it, three things that have struck on this “hallowed ground”.
A plane crash caused by a terrorist attack. Land ravaged through open strip mining, and being left bare, and finally, beautiful trees scourged by an invasive species.
Take aways: alert those accompanying you that walking is involved here in order to get anywhere near the crash site. Take a jacket! The memorial sits on a wind-blown plateau and my, it gets surprisingly cold and windy up there.

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