Flight 93 National Memorial

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Flight 93 National Memorial,

memorial, visitors complex, and other facilities at the site of the crash of the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, near ShanksvilleShanksville,
borough (1990 pop. 235), Somerset co., SW Pa., on the Stonycreek River, which is spanned by an 1881 covered bridge. It is situated in an agricultural area where corn, oats, and livestock are raised; there also are dairy farms and windpower facilities.
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, Pa. The grounds, 2,319 acres (939 hectares), largely have been left in a natural state; a boulder marks the area where the impact occurred, and a Wall of Names memorializes the passengers and crew and traces the flight path of the plane. A temporary memorial opened in 2002; the permanent memorial, which was designed and is being constructed in stages in a public-private partnership, opened in 2011.

Heading from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco, the plane, with 40 passengers and three crew members, had been taken over by four Al QaedaAl Qaeda
or Al Qaida
[Arab.,=the base], Sunni Islamic terrorist organization with the stated goals of uniting all Muslims and establishing a transnational, strict-fundamentalist Islamic state.
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 hijackers and flown toward Washington, D.C. When they learned that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were under attack, the passengers and crew attempted to overpower the hijackers, who crashed the plane in a rural area, killing all on board. Untold lives were saved at the intended target, believed to be the U.S. Capitol.

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Flight 93 National Memorial

Address:National Park Service
109 W Main St, Suite 104
Somerset, PA 15501

Phone:814-443-4557
Fax:814-443-2180
Web: www.flight93memorialproject.org
Size: 2,262 acres.
Established: Authorized as a national memorial on September 24, 2002; General Management Plan written and reviewed during the summer of 2006.
Location:Memorial to be built in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Special Features:Memorial will honor the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who lost their lives in a struggle with hijackers who had overtaken the plane on the morning of September 11th, 1991.

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