Monday, August 31, 2015

Flight 93 National Memorial Tours, PA

Overview:

September 11, 2001 began as an ordinary, late summer day. With fair weather and blue skies over much of the country, thousands of commercial airliners prepared for flight. But in less than two hours' time, 19 terrorists transformed this ordinary day when they boarded four airplanes, hijacked them, and used them to attack the United States of America. The hijackers killed nearly 3,000 people when they flew the planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., and crashed United Airlines Flight 93 in the Pennsylvania countryside.
Flight 93 National Memorial is a place to learn about the 40 passengers and crew whose actions thwarted the hijackers' plan to fly Flight 93 to a target in Washington, D.C., most likely the U.S. Capitol. It is a place to honor the extraordinary courage of those who fought back against the terrorists. Spanning over 2,200 acres, the memorial helps restore this once mined landscape and provides a quiet place of reflection.
At the Visitor Center Complex, visitors may observe the crash site from the Flight Path Overlook and explore the stories of Flight 93 through detailed text and audiovisual exhibits inside the Visitor Center. A small sales area is available inside the Visitor Center.
The Memorial Plaza offers visitors an opportunity to walk the boundary of the crash site, the final resting place of the passengers and crew.
Two formal trails offer the opportunity to explore more of the memorial landscape, with scenic views of the memorial.
To plan your visit or to learn more about the memorial, visitwww.nps.gov/flni.

Know Before You Go:

Visit is self-guided. Tickets are required for Visitor Center only; visitors may access Memorial Plaza any time during regular hours. Groups of 15 or more may make a reservation for the Memorial Plaza.
Parking: Parking is limited. Auxiliary parking is available. Tour leaders will need to make arrangements with driver to drop passengers in the designated area, park in an auxiliary lot and later return to pick passengers up.
Operating Hours:
Flight 93 National Memorial is open daily, excluding December 25 and January 1.
    Memorial hours:
  • May 1 - October 31: 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., with last entry at 6:30 P.M.
  • November 1 - April 30: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., with last entry at 4:30 P.M.
Visitor Center Hours are from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily. Last tour time is 4:00 P.M.
Unexpected Closure: The National Park Service may close or suspend access to the memorial due to inclement weather, safety concerns, or other unforeseen events. Recreation.gov will do its best to reschedule your visit. Remember, there are no refunds for the reservation service fee.
Wait Area: Tickets may be picked up at the Learning Center at Visitor Center Complex. Ticket holders awaiting Visitor Center entry gather through the portal walls outside the Visitor Center entrance. Please prepare for potential exposure to the sun, wind, ambient temperatures, and storm precipitation.
Food and Beverage: A water fountain / water bottle filling station is available.
Restrooms: There are no restroom facilities available in the Visitor Center; visitors should use the facilities at the Learning Center before their tour. Restrooms are also available at the Memorial Plaza.
Accessibility: Flight 93 National Memorial is accessible to all.
Restricted Items: The National Park Service provides no storage facilities and prohibits the entry of the following items at the Visitor Center: animals (except service animals); food and drink (except clear bottled water and baby formula in clear plastic containers); suitcases and large backpacks; firearms, knives and explosive or highly flammable substances; strollers, mace, pepper spray, and other aerosol cans; and additional items as directed by the park law enforcement.
Tickets Facts:
  • Tickets: Entry tickets are required for all visitors five years of age and older. Visit is approximately 1 hour, not including wait time.
  • Reserved Tickets: Visitor Center tickets are free; reservations are available through Recreation.gov for a fee; fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. All Recreation.gov orders are final.
  • First-Come/First-Served Tickets: Daily tickets are issued on a first-come/first-served basis every morning starting at 9:00 a.m. Pick up tickets at Learning Center at Visitor Center Complex.
  • Arrival Time: Visitors must arrive 30 minutes prior to the specified time listed on ticket. If ticket holder is late, staff has discretion to limit or deny Visitor Center entry should such entry deny timely access to the succeeding time block ticket holders or interfere with Visitor Center closure.
  • Number of Tickets: Individuals may request a maximum of 6 tickets. Groups may request a maximum of 60 tickets.
  • Education institutions qualify for special group tour pricing, and must book reservations through the NRRS Group Sales Department to receive this pricing. Please call 877-559-6777 for more information. Educational institution group reservations made through Recreation.gov do not qualify for the special pricing.

Getting There:

Driving Directions.
For GPS users: 6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA 15563
Please be aware that your GPS unit may recommend a different route than those noted below.
From the WEST:
  • Via the PA TURNPIKE (Interstate 70/76): follow signs for Rte. 281 north. Take Rte. 281 north 1.7 miles on US 30 east. Travel 8.5 miles north on US 219 to the Stoystown/Jennerstown/US 30 exit; turn right on US 30 east. Travel 8.5 miles on US 30 east. Turn right into the park entrance. The entrance is marked with official National Park Service signs.
  • Via ROUTE 30/Lincoln Highway: Travel east 8.5 miles past the US 219/US 30 interchange. Turn right into the park entrance. The entrance is marked with official National Park Service signs.
From the EAST: From the PA Turnpike (Interstate 70/76), exit Bedford (#146). At Turnpike light, turn left. Go to next light, turn left. Take 220 South. Follow 220 South to next exit. Exit US 30 west. Follow US 30 west approximately 25 miles. Turn left into the park entrance. The entrance is marked with official National Park Service signs.
From JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania: Take Rte. 219 South 9.6 miles. Exit onto US 30 east at the Stoystown/Jennerstown Exit. Travel 8.5 miles east on US rte. 30. Turn right into the park entrance which is marked with official National Park Service signs.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 911
Shanksville,  PA  15560

Phone Number:

Information:  (814)893-6322

(source recreation.gov)
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God Bless the fallen & families of 9/11

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