The memorial site is managed by the National Park Service. The memorial spans his 2,200 acres, “Tower of Voice” A 93-foot tall tower with 40 wind chimes.
Features include the Memorial Plaza, the 40 Memorial Grove, and the official promenade Allée.
From September 11, 2001 United Airlines Flight 93 en route from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The hijackers were heading the plane to Washington, D.C., but were intercepted by passengers. All passengers, crew and his four hijackers were killed.
September 24, 2002 – The Flight 93 National Memorial Act was passed, creating the nation’s 386th national park.
From September 7, 2005 The Embracing Crescent, a design by Paul Murdoch Architects of Los Angeles, was chosen for the monument. A judging committee composed of 15 people, including bereaved family members, selected from over 1,000 applications.
From August 31, 2009 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service has agreed with seven of the eight landowners to purchase the land needed for the monument for an estimated $9.5 million.Svonavec, Inc. The eighth parcel owned is acquired by eminent domain after an agreement cannot be reached. This section contains most of the crash site.
November 7, 2009 – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the memorial hall.
From September 10, 2011 The first features of the Flight 93 National Memorial are revealed. Vice President Joe Biden attend the ceremony
From May 30, 2012 The National Park Service completes planting 40 Memorial Groves.
April 2013 – 500 or more Volunteers plant 15,500 seedlings Over 23 acres. Trees planted for reforestation in this area serve as windbreaks for the Memorial Grove trees.
From October 3, 2014 A fire broke out at the memorial, destroying the headquarters complexMost of the 60,000 tribute items are stored offsite, but important items include the flag that flew over US Capitol Destroyed on September 11, 2001. The initial cause of the fire has not been determined, but arson and fraud have been ruled out.
From February 6, 2016 The National Park Service Report findings on the 2014 firesImproperly discarded smoking material (possibly tobacco), landscaping mulch too close to the building, and flammable decking material may have contributed to the fire, but investigators have no idea how the fire started. Couldn’t pinpoint it exactly. Over 300 photographs and 25 of his personal mementos were lost in the fire.
September 9, 2018 – The National Park Service hosts the official dedication of the Voice Tower.