National Memorials are a special kind of national park unit – memorializing a historic person or event. One of these is the Flight 93 National Memorial in southwestern Pennsylvania, a memorial to the heroism of the passengers and flight crew on that fateful day in September.
Flight 93 National MemorialThe Flight 93 National Memorial is within driving distance of two thirds of the nation’s population – only an hour and a half from Pittsburg and only five hours from New York City. It doesn’t take long to visit, for most it will be an hour or so. There is a visitor center with exhibits located behind tall Memorial Walls and a Flight Path Walkway. A mile from the visitor center is the Memorial Plaza. There you can take a 1/4 mile walk way along the crash site and debris field, leading to a Wall of Names. NEW at the Flight 93 National Memorial is the Tower of Voices, a 93 foot tall musical instrument with forty wind chimes, representing the forty passengers and crew. We didn’t get to see this but it sounds amazing. It is just now complete, being officially dedicated on Sunday September 9, 2018.
There is extremely limited parking at the memorial, so it is best to go early in the day!
National MemorialsFlight 93 National Memorial is just one of twenty-nine National Memorials in the national park system; 10 of them in Washington DC. They range from memorials to past presidents to the story of how the border with the US and Mexico was decided; from Spanish conquistadores, the War of 1812 and the American Revolution, to the Civil War and World Wars; from Native American and African American history to a horrendous flood and the history of flight. It’s a pretty diverse lot.
- Arkansas Post, Arkansas
- Arlington House, The Robert E Lee Memorial, Virginia
- Chamizal, Texas
- Coronado, Arizona
- De Soto, Florida
- Federal Hall, New York
- Fort Caroline, Florida
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington DC
- General Grant Memorial, New York
- Hamilton Grange, New York
- Johnstown Flood, Pennsylvania
- Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington DC
- Lincoln Boyhood, Indiana
- Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC
- LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac, Washington DC
- Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington DC
- Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
- Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine, California
- Roger Williams, Rhode Island
- Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Pennsylvania
- Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington DC
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC
- Washington Monument , Washington DC
- World War I Memorial, Washington DC
- World War II Memorial, Washington DC
- Wright Brothers, North Carolina