The nation’s three September 11th memorial sites serve to honor the lives lost that day while educating current and future generations about the events of the day and the nation’s response to them. The memorials form the three points of our roughly triangle-shaped trail. As such, the 9/11 trail serves to connect the sites, the many communities and millions of people living along the route, and all of us so that we may remember, discover, and connect.
New York City
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks is at the heart of its mission. Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, the museum tells the story of 9/11 through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, presenting visitors with personal stories of loss, recovery, and hope.
American Airlines Flight 77 left Dulles International Airport bound for Los Angeles, but five terrorists hijacked the plane and drove it into the Pentagon, killing 125 people within its walls and all 64 people aboard the plane. The two-acre memorial site includes benches honoring each victim (shown at left) and an expansive Memorial Gateway.
The actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 thwarted an attack on the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001. The plane’s crash site has been turned into a national park, with a Memorial Plaza, visitor center, and the Tower of Voices (shown at left), a 93-foot tall musical instrument holding 40 wind chimes, representing the 40 passengers and crew onboard the airplane.