Flight 93 memorial to open in time for 9/11 commemorations

Associated Press

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — National Park Service officials say a $26 million visitor center complex at the Flight 93 National Memorial will open to the public September 10, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Sailors attend remembrance ceremonies at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. Thursday morning, September 11, 2014. Photo - Mark Pynes Penn Live

Sailors attend remembrance ceremonies at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. Thursday morning, September 11, 2014. Photo – Mark Pynes Penn Live

The new center in Shanksville, Pa., about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, includes a permanent exhibit, a multipurpose gathering space, walking trails and a flight-path walkway and overlook that lets visitors see the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 from a distance.

The plane from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco crashed in a field after passengers fought back against hijackers during the September 11 attacks. All 33 passengers and seven crew members were killed, along with the hijackers.

Officials hope the new visitor center will boost annual visitors from about 300,000 to 500,000.

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