The National Park Service has completed the construction of a new visitor center at the Shanksville memorial to the crash of Flight 93 in Somerset County.

The new facility will offer photographs and exhibits dedicated to the lives of the 40 passengers and crew who thwarted the believed attack on the White House on Sept. 11, 2001.

Other new features include a learning center to be used for educational programs and a

2.5-mile trail system connecting the visitor center with the memorial, according to Mike Litterst, spokesperson for the National Park Service.

Somerset County is trying to find a way to connect the Flight 93 National Memorial with the Great Allegheny Passage as part of a 1,100-mile September 11 National Memorial Trail, which would link the World Trade Center and Pentagon with the Flight 93 crash site.

An in depth Discussion of Flight 93 with Author Tom McMillian

Oct 21, 2014
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The book "Flight 93: the Story, the Aftermath and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11" is an in-depth look at the events and people involved in the United Airlines plane that crashed in Shanksville, PA. Joining us to discuss this detailed account is journalist Tom McMillan. Regarding the recent news of a fire at the Flight 93 memorial, McMillan explains that fortunately the damage was minimal, and no one was injured. 

He later talks about his research process for his book and what makes this story interesting. 

"... This wasn't New York City, it wasn't Washington D.C. I was fascinated about how this story was different because it was in small town America." - Tom McMillan 

Before the fires were extinguished or the cleanups began, archivists from the Smithsonian museums had already started collecting artifacts from the sites of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Thirteen years later, Alima Bucciantini, an assistant professor of public history at Duquesne University, wants to know what kind of impact the immediate exhibition of these objects had on the telling of the story of 9/11.

One of three Congressional Gold Medals struck in honor of Americans killed on 9/11 will be on public display at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville on Sept. 11.

In observance of the 13th anniversary of the attacks, the memorial will hold its annual ceremony, where visitors can get a rare glimpse of the highest honor that Congress can bestow.

The other medals will be displayed at memorials in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Flight 93 Memorial Unveils Junior Ranger Program

Jun 27, 2014

The story of what happened in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is difficult to fathom for most adults. So how do you explain it to children?

That’s the question the new Flight 93 National Memorial Junior Rangers Program hopes to address, using two years of research into how children deal with traumatic events.

On Saturday, the program and a specially-designed children’s activity booklet for visitors ages six to twelve will be unveiled during “Junior Ranger Day.” The day will also feature a Children’s Discovery Table where kids can make their own tributes.

A pair of local universities will mark the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th in very public but very different ways. 

Chatham University will gather Wednesday afternoon on the quad for a moment of silence, a short speech from the Dean of Student Affairs office, remarks from a representative of the Wounded Warrior Project and a performance of the National Anthem by the Chatham University Choir. 

The goal of the event is not only to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2011, but also to salute the growing number of students on campus who are also veterans. 

The Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. will honor the 40 crash victims of United Flight 93 on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Events begin 3 p.m. Tuesday as crews break ground on a visitor center. The 6,800 square-foot facility will try to tell the full story of Flight 93 and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The building is expected to be completed September 2015. The Flight 93 National Memorial Capital Campaign announced it raised $40 million dollars to complete the national memorial.

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Nearly 11 years after it was created, the Flight 93 Advisory Commission is disbanding. 

The commission formed to help develop a national memorial at the site of where a hijacked plane crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania during the 9/11 attacks.