Flight 93 Memorial visitors complex to open in September

Flight 93 National Memorial, Pennsylvania.

Flight 93 National Memorial, Pennsylvania. Image by Jeff Kubina / CC BY-SA 2.0

A new US$26-million visitors complex is due to open at the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on 10 September this year, a day before the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. The complex will comprise two new buildings: a 6809 sq ft visitors’ center which will hold exhibits telling the story of the events of that day as well as tributes left by some of the victims’ families; the second building will be a learning space designed for school groups and speaking events. Visitors to the memorial can currently walk along a black granite walkway designed by architect Paul Murdoch which marks the flight’s final trajectory. Further plans for the site include a 93ft tower of wind chimes, called the Tower of Voices, and the planting of 450 trees in the Memorial Grove.

Flight 93 was one of four US aircraft hijacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001. After hearing about the other attacks, passengers of Flight 93 fought back against their hijackers bringing the plane down in open fields, missing its intended target. All 33 passengers and seven crew members died. Read more: post-gazette.com

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