9/11: The Flight 93 National Memorial

Thirteen years ago, during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a passenger revolt against the hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 resulted in the aircraft crashing into a field just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 44 people aboard (including the four hijackers). Authorities believe this fourth hijacked aircraft was also to be used as a missile, targeting either the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House. In the years since, a national memorial at the Pennsylvania crash site has been under planning and construction, now due to be completed sometime in late 2015. Phase one was completed in 2011, including the "wall of names", 40 granite slabs standing 8 feet tall, inscribed with the names of the passengers and crew of Flight 93. On this thirteenth anniversary of that tragic day, here are a few recent images of the Flight 93 National Memorial. [15 photos total]

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Visitors walk along the wall of names of passengers who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 2014. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) #
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The sun rises prior to the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the crash of United Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2011 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) #
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Candles in memory of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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Yachiyo Kuge, the mother of Toshiya Kuge who was a passenger on Flight 93, places origami birds near his name, at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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Visitors walk along the wall of names of passengers who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex on September 10, 2014. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) #
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People gather at the Wall of Names during a vigil at Phase 1 of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial on September 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) #
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Navy Quartermaster Matthew Konchan of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, stands in a field of black-eyed Susan as he waits to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell during a memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2013 in Shanksville. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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The Wall of Names containing the names of the 40 crew and passengers on Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2013. The wall follows the plane's flight path to a boulder, rear, that marks the impact site. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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Visitors gather at the boulder that marks the site of the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial pause at the Wall of Names on September 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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Workers spread straw in preparation for a dedication ceremony at the permanent Flight 93 Memorial on September 8, 2011. (Reuters/Jason Cohn) #
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Kevin E. Newlin, left, and Jeff Reinbold of the National Park Service lead a media tour of the Flight 93 Visitors Center Complex construction site on September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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A portion of the construction site at the Flight 93 Visitors Center Complex, photographed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #
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The Wall of Names, part of the Flight 93 National Memorial, on September 11, 2012. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) #
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A visitor kisses a name on the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial during a candlelight remembrance on September 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) #

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