Enhancing a Learning Center:
Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial
Flight 93 National Memorial, the final resting place of the 40 passengers and crewmembers of Flight 93, is operated by the National Park Service. Its official charitable partner, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, supports the memorial with a focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation, and stewardship. Ninety minutes from Pittsburgh, the memorial marks the exact location where Flight 93 crashed and encompasses more than a dozen individual design features, including a visitor center complex and a learning center.
A Foundation grant of $600,000 will support the Tower of Voices, an architectural and musical design piece that will be the most iconic feature of the memorial. Symbolically standing 93 feet tall and featuring 40 individual chimes, the tower will occupy the highest point in the park and its chimes will produce deep tones in the immediate vicinity. LED lighting will illuminate the tower’s walls, walkways, and parking area. A trail will wind from the parking area to a raised observation area to view the tower. The grant also will fund a learning center coordinator who will educate visitor and school groups, provide marketing assistance, and support activities related to teacher accreditation, leadership development, and other educational initiatives.