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.