Hundreds planting 22,000 seedlings at Flight 93 memorial to reforest strip mine

Associated Press

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Hundreds of volunteers are joining Pennsylvania forestry officials in a massive tree-planting project at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

About 22,000 seedlings will be planted today and Saturday at the site in Stonycreek Township, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

United Flight 93 crashed in an abandoned strip mine after being hijacked by four terrorists on 9/11. Forty people died, along with the four hijackers.

The seedlings are being planted over 32 acres within the site. Organizers hope to reforest the entire site with more than 150,000 trees.

The memorial, located 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is still under construction. The National Park Service website estimates the visitors center will open later this year.

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