Flight 93 visitor center ‘tells incredible story of heroism’

Associated Press

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — A new $26 million visitor center complex will be dedicated today at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the 9/11 terror attacks.

Victims’ family members got a private tour of the center on Wednesday.

Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93, conducts a media tour of the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor's Center near Shanksville, Pa.John Rucosky/The Tribune-Democrat via AP

Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93, conducts a media tour of the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor’s Center near Shanksville, Pa.John Rucosky/The Tribune-Democrat via AP

Sitting on a hill overlooking the crash site near Shanksville, the center uses photos, video, artifacts and interactive displays to tell the story of Flight 93, the only jetliner among the four commandeered by terrorists that failed to reach its intended target.

The plane went down in southwestern Pennsylvania after passengers and crew fought with the four hijackers for control.

The money for the visitor center complex was raised from 120,000 private donors, along with contributions from the state and the federal government.

Officials project attendance will rise from 300,000 per year to around 500,000.

Development of the Flight 93 National Memorial is nearly complete, with only the planned Tower of Voices, a 93-foot structure with 40 wind chimes, still to be built.

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