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Constructing the Flight 93 National Memorial, a Timelapse

Watch over 1,800 days of the construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor complex in EarthCam’s latest timelapse.

by DJ Pangburn
Sep 11 2015, 2:45pm

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After terrorists crashed airplanes into the twin towers and the Pentagon, the 44 people aboard United Airlines Flight 93 attempted to take back the plane that had set course for Washington D.C., with possible targets being either the White House or U.S. capitol building. The generally accepted narrative is that 14 years ago, the hijackers, fearing the passenger uprising, crashed Flight 93 into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The site quickly became hallowed ground, the obvious location for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

A new timelapse video shot by EarthCam shows over 1,800 days of construction of the memorial’s visitor center complex—designed by Paul Murdoch Architects—which opened its doors yesterday. EarthCam’s timelapse grew out of a partnership with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and Friends of Flight 93.

“The construction of the visitor center complex accentuates the national memorial’s transformation over the years,” said Keith Newlin, Deputy Superintendent of Western Pennsylvania Parks. “Documenting these events allows our future visitors to witness this part of the memorial’s history long after completion. EarthCam’s timelapse composite of these events captures the thought and effort that has gone into creating a timeless place of reverence to honor the passengers and crew of Flight 93.”

Click here to learn more about the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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