Feds Blocking Road to Open-Air Flight 93 Memorial

By Eric Scheiner | October 14, 2013 | 12:12pm EDT

Gates are closed at Flight 93 Memorial (CNSNews.com photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Americans who want to honor and reflect upon the memory of the crew and passengers who perished aboard United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 will find that the federal government has blocked the road four miles down from the open-air memorial near Shanksville, Pa.

CNSNews.com photographed the spot of the road closure this past weekend. The steel barrier blocking vehicles from passing says: “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.”

United Flight 93 was scheduled to fly from Newark to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001. It was hijacked by four al Qaeda terrorists, who turned it around and started flying it toward Washington, D.C.

A woman kisses a name on the wall of the now-closed, open-air Flight 93 Memorial. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Aware of the attack on the World Trade Center that had already taken place, the passengers on the plane attempted to enter the cockpit and take control of the aircraft back from the hijackers. The hijackers then crashed the plane into a field near Shanksville.

The Flight 93 Memorial honors the 40 crew members and non-terrorist passengers who died on that flight, and recalls the sense of national unity Americans felt in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

There are reports that the entrance gates to the memorial have been locked since the shutdown began on October 1.

WPXI-TV of Pittsburgh, Penn. reported that visitors were crossing the closed gates as early as October 2, only to be stopped from walking to the memorial by park police.

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