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Flight 93 National Memorial

September 11 Memorial Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania

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The Flight 93 Memorial honors the heroes who died on September 11, 2001 when their hijacked plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Flight 93 National Memorial

Architect's plan for the Memorial Plaza at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Image courtesy Paul Murdoch Architects
The Flight 93 National Memorial is set on a 2,000 acre site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers and crew of US Flight 93 brought down their hijacked plane and thwarted a fourth terrorist attack. Serene overlooks offer peaceful views of the crash site. The memorial design preserves the beauty of the natural landscape.

Plans for the memorial hit a snag when critics claimed that some aspects of the design appeared to borrow Islamic shapes and symbolism. The controversy died down after groundbreaking in 2009.

Shown here is a rendering of the Memorial Plaza. This phase of the memorial project opened on September 11, 2011 for the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex officially opened on September 10, 2013.

The designers are Paul Murdoch Architects of Los Angeles, California with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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