Common field one day; field of honor forever.
On September 7, 2005, the design proposal from the team of Paul Murdoch Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects was selected from among 1,100 entries as the winner by the Flight 93 Advisory Commission after a year-long competition. Formerly mined for coal, the 2,200-acre site in central Pennsylvania is now owned and managed by the National Park Service. The entire landscape is conceived of as a healing site both from the scars of the terrorist act and the environmental damage caused by mining.
The centerpiece of the Memorial is the Bowl or Field of Honor that is embraced by forty groves of red maples, one for each hero. A circular walkway around the Bowl brings visitors to an overlook of the Sacred Ground where the plane came to rest. The field will be planted in wildflowers that bloom from spring through fall. Construction for the Sacred Ground component and grading of the Bowl are scheduled for completion on September 11, 2011. Future work will include a Tower of Voices housing 40 wind chimes marking the gateway to the park from the highway. The last memory of many of the passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 was their voices over phones. Additional information: http://www.nps.gov/flni