Flight 93 memorial: ‘Story still resonates,’ brings influx of visitors

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The memorial to flight 93 is off the beaten track. The site is a field in rural western Pennsylvania. The area is completely open, with no enclosed building. There is only a walkway that ends in a wall with 40 names.

But that is enough to bring 350,000 visitors since the site officially opened last year, which was the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, noted that the site that was once a barren landscape of construction cranes is now filled with wildflowers—and visitors. He said on the phone from the site, “The public support and public attendance has been overwhelming this year, in a good way.” He added, “It does show how many people want to pay their respects to the passengers and crew who thwarted that last hijacking.”

Flight 93 was the fourth plane to go down on September 11, 2001. The flight was en route to San Francisco from Newark, New Jersey, when it was hijacked, probably on a mission to crash the White House or the U.S. Capitol. The passengers and crew fought back, and the plane instead crashed in Shanksville, Pa., less than 20 minutes by air from Washington, D.C.

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