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Flight 93 National Memorial

Fallen Heroes Honored at Flight 93 Memorial Dedication

Ten years after 40 passengers and crew members aboard a commercial airliner sacrificed their lives to thwart a terrorist attack in Washington, D.C., thousands of people gathered to honor their heroism at the official dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in September 2011. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and more than 4,000 other attendees commemorated the date with heartfelt speeches and a wreath-laying ceremony. The first phase of the permanent memorial is now complete and open to the public, featuring a memorial plaza with an engraved wall of names. The next phase of the memorial, which will include a visitor center and 40 groves of trees, is planned for completion in 2014.

Once complete, the memorial will cover approximately 2,200 acres and include easements on 900 acres as a view shed to protect the memorial from incompatible development. Descriptions of the different project phases and updates on the progress of the memorial are available on the National Park Service website

Flight 93 National Memorial

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Deb

September 9, 2012

I visited the Dedication of the Memorial on the 10th Anniversary. I wasn't there in time for the program or the scheduled singers, speakers, etc. I was coming up the meandering walk trying to appreciate the thoughtful design, when the crowd just ....stopped. The families of the victims were passing through the crowd and people were clapping for them. I was unprepared for this "reality", their return from the private place just for families. Clapping felt wrong to me so, I stood with my head down as they walked by. Many of them reached out and touched "me", patting my head or shoulder, running a hand down my arm. I was absolutely stunned by their graciousness.

Kathie

January 19, 2012

The park is beautiful! What thought and compassion went into the design. I did see a photo in a special "Remembering 911" edition of the USA Today and noticed a "typo" on the "LET'S ROLL" memorial! The word passengers is not spelled P.A.S.S.A.N.G.E.R.S. Thought I should tell someone! Thank you!

Bennie

November 10, 2011

I will never forget the sight of my son writing a note to the passengers, congratulating them on not letting the "bad guys" win. It was one of the most touching things I have witnessed.

Kyle

November 10, 2011

We visited in June with my father for the second time. What a patriotic site! What those passengers did to protect freedom. Can't wait to see the new visitor center. I hope the woman volunteer who accurately and with compassion described the event(wish I had her name) will be there again. She was great. Had a book with the passengers and told a little story about most of them.

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