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Somerset in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Flight 93 National Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 11, 2018
1. Flight 93 National Memorial Marker
Inscription.  On the morning of September 11, 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked in a premeditated terrorist attack against the United States. Two of the planes were intentionally flown into the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York City; a third plane hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. A fourth plane, Flight 93, crashed into an open field at 10:03 a.m., just a few miles from where you are standing, killing all on board.

Traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, California, the flight was delayed more than 25 minutes before take-off, leaving the ground four minutes before the World Trade Center would be struck. After 46 minutes of routine flight heading west over Pennsylvania, terrorists breached the cockpit and took control of the plane, turning it southeast towards our nation's capital.

Passengers and crew learned through phone conversations with family members and authorities that their plane was part of the terrorist attack — a realization that led to a collective decision by crew and passengers to revolt. As the 40 passengers and crew attempted to overthrow the four hijackers, the terrorists
Flight 93 National Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 11, 2018
2. Flight 93 National Memorial Marker
were forced to bring the plane down about 20 minutes flying time from Washington, D.C.

Because of the brave actions of the alert, unarmed passengers and crew, Flight 93 was the only aircraft that failed to reach its intended target that day — believed to have been the U.S. Capitol building or the White House.

The Flight 93 National Memorial, operated by the National Park Service, is located off the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Somerset Exit #110.

To learn more about Flight 93, visit

Crew Members
Captain Jason M. Dahl
First Officer LeRoy Homer
Lorraine G. Bay, Flight Attendant
Sandra W. Bradshaw, Flight Attendant
Wanda Anita Green, Flight Attendant
CeeCee Ross Lyles, Flight Attendant
Deborah Jacobs Welsh, Flight Attendant

Christian Adams
Todd M. Beamer
Alan Anthony Beaven
Mark Bingham
Deora Frances Bodley
Marion R. Britton
Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.
William Joseph Cashman
Georgine Rose Corrigan
Patricia Cushing
Joseph DeLuca
Patrick Joseph Driscoll
Edward Porter Felt
Jane C. Folger
Colleen L. Fraser
Andrew (Sonny) Garcia
Jeremy Logan Glick
Kristin White Gould
Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas
Donald Freeman Greene
Linda Gronlund
Richard J. Guadagno
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Hilda Marcin
Waleska Martinez
Nicole Carol Miller
Louis J. Nacke, II
Donald A. Peterson
Mark David Rothenberg
Christine Ann Snyder
John Talignani
Honor Elizabeth Wainio
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceDisastersNotable EventsParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 40° 0.006′ N, 79° 2.669′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker is on North Plaza Access Road north of Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 70), on the right when traveling west. On the grounds of North Somerset Travel Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 179 North Plaza Access Road, Somerset PA 15501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wind Power (a few steps from this marker); The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blue Star Memorial Highway (about 700 feet away); Rural Electrification (approx. 0.4 miles away); Harmon Husband (approx. 1.4 miles away); 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (approx. 1.9 miles away); Adam Schneider (approx. 1.9 miles away); Somerset County World War I Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerset.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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