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Contact: Mike Litterst, 202-245-4676
~ Timed ticket required for entry, available starting August 27 ~
Shanksville, Pa. –The new Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center will open to the public at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015. The permanent exhibits use photographs, artifacts, tactile models, audio, and video pieces to convey the Flight 93 story in the context of the other terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
"The visitor center is on schedule to open September 10 thanks to the dedicated effort of the memorial staff and our contractors," said Steve Clark, superintendent of Flight 93 National Memorial. "We look forward to welcoming visitors and providing them a fuller story about the heroic efforts of the passengers and crew of United Flight 93."
Due to expected heavy visitation and limited space in the visitor center, entry for all visitors will be via a timed ticket with a specific date and time for the visit. Tickets are free of charge and may be obtained two ways:
1.Same-day tickets will be available daily at the visitor center on a first-come, first-served basis, starting September 10;quantities are limited and there is a limit of six tickets per individual.
2.Advanced reservation tickets are available online at recreation.gov starting on August 27 (you may also order tickets by calling 877-444-6777);a non-refundable service charge of $1.50 per person applies. Quantities are limited and there is a limit of six tickets per transaction.
Educational institutions qualify for special group tour pricing;however, reservations cannot be made online and must be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service Group Sales Department by calling 877-559-6777. Educational institution group reservations made through recreation.gov do not qualify for the special pricing.
Recreation.gov is a national reservation service offering reservations, trip planning, and information for recreation facilities and activities offered by the National Park Service and many other federal agencies. Additional information about the reservation process, including commercial group sales and how to set up an account on recreation.gov, are available on the Flight 93 National Memorial website at https://go.nps.gov/FLNItickets.
In addition to the visitor center, also opening on September 10 will be the education center, a multi-purpose gathering space for education programming and special events;pedestrian trails;and the dramatic flight path walkway and overlook. Those areas are also free and do not require a ticket.
About Flight 93 National Memorial
On Sept. 24, 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation's capital. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni.