Shanksville (PA) Vol. Fire Co. 9/11 Memorial

A rural community of 250 residents situated in the Laurel Mountains of Somerset County Pennsylvania, Shanksville was the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 during the 9/11 attacks. All 44 passengers on-board were killed when the plane crashed after they reportedly fought with the hijackers who had planned to attack the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

In August 2008, the FDNY dedicated the cross shown above to the Shanksville Vol. Fire Co. in recognition of their actions on that fateful day. Constructed of recovered World Trade Center steel, this 12’ tall monument sits atop a concrete base resembling the shape of the Pentagon while a plaque honors the selfless actions of the passengers of Flight 93. 

Several hundred motorcycles along with FDNY Family Transport Foundation vehicles including Engine 343, a classic Mack engine bearing the names of all the 343 FDNY firefighters lost on 9/11 escorted a tractor trailer carrying the cross for the 311 mile journey from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York to the Shanksville firehouse. Proceeds from the “Iron & Steel Motorcycle Run” were donated in support of the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation & Wounded Warrior Project.