A National Park
Barely one year after September 11, in an unusual and unprecedented show of government support, the Flight 93 National Memorial Act was passed designating the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania as a national memorial and appointing the National Park Service as its steward. It is the only national park unit commemorating the events of September 11, 2001.
The Flight 93 National Memorial, encompassing the final resting place of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, will be the nation’s permanent tribute to the heroism of those aboard whose incredible acts of bravery saved countless lives at the cost of their own. Consisting of more than a dozen design and landscape features, the memorial will transform what was once a common field into a “Field of Honor.”
In 2005, following a yearlong international competition comprising over 1,000 submissions, a jury consisting of project partners and industry professionals selected the “Circle of Embrace” by Paul Murdoch Architects as the winning design for the Memorial.
The Memorial will be the centerpiece of a 2,220-acre publicly accessible national park that not only honors the memory of the passengers and crew but also comprises a living memorial created through the planting of thousands of trees and a mix of wildflowers and native grasses on top of the reclaimed coal mine. These landscape features will bring new life to a landscape forever scarred by the events of September 11.
The creation of the Flight 93 National Memorial is an historic opportunity to honor these citizen heroes and to share the story of their courage. It is a monument to the very best of American character, a place where future generations can come to learn about how the actions of a few people can make a profound and lasting difference.