Flight 93 Memorial

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.

The state will fund the purchase, delivery and planting of 450 red maple trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Gov. Tom Corbett announced Wednesday.

The “Red Sunset” maples will be planted next spring along the Memorial Groves walkway from the visitor center to the memorial plaza at the crash site.

“This planting at Flight 93 provides an opportunity to engage the public in the hopeful act of planting a tree at the site of a national tragedy,” Corbett said in a statement.

The state’s TreeVitalize program is contributing $160,000 to the project.

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 

Officials say a fire has burned three administrative buildings at the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania.

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst says no injuries were reported Friday afternoon. He did not know the cause or extent of the damage.

He says the affected buildings serve as the park's headquarters and include the superintendent's office.

Litterst says the flames did not affect the memorial itself or construction of the visitors center.

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.

Work is “progressing well” on a pedestrian bridge at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset County.

Park Director Jeff Reinbold says the 800-foot bridge will span some wetlands and be a key section of the 1.7-mile pathway to connect the under-construction visitor center with the crash site.

The Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association has agreed to help transcribe interviews of family, friends, first responders and investigators as part of an oral history project at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

More than 800 oral histories have been collected so far in an effort to cover every aspect of the Flight 93 story.

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It's been twelve years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The events of that day still haunt many of the responders who worked at the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.

In July of 2011 the World Trade Center Health Program, run by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health under the CDC, began offering counseling for responders who are suffering from symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On May 1 of this year Flight 93 and Pentagon responders were offered this counseling.

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.

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Most adults remember what they were doing and how they felt on September 11, 2001. But many children today weren't even born when Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County.

"Normally, we're telling the story to people who lived it," Flight 93 Memorial superintendent, Jeff Reinbold told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "What happens is the parents come to one of our rangers and say, 'You tell them.' It became apparent to us no one is talking to the youngest kids."