Trees donated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County were dedicated on August 16 along the allée—the grounds' encircling walkway lined with trees.
DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn was on hand, along with National Park Service and National Park Foundation staff, and the project's architect, Paul Murdoch, to dedicate the 450 trees.
The curving allée provides views of the crash site, while the maples are intended as an integral part of the visitor experience—particularly in late summer and early fall as the trees change color.
The Bureau of Forestry's Penn Nursery has been supplying the Memorial with seedlings since 2012. DCNR staff, volunteers and NPS staff have planted nearly 60,000 seedlings throughout the former strip mine area.
The winning design for the site, submitted by Murdoch and selected in September 2005, included plans for maples lining the allée in addition to the use of many other trees throughout the site.
On September 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Stonycreek Township after an attempted hijacking on the morning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, killing all passengers and crew.
Visit the Flight 93 National Memorial website for more information.
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