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by Quest Master
(Finds: 105  Score: 511.5)    (Hidden: 45  Score: 210)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 40° 03.324'   W 078° 54.011'
Friedens,   Pennsylvania   15541
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 15 Oct 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N022AD
Open Cache:  Non-commercial use only
Cache type:  Virtual
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps (easy)
Terrain: gps (easy)

Misc: No drinking water! There are restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. No pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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This cache is at the site of a memorial dedicated to the heroes of United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed here on September 11, 2001.

We will never know exactly what happened during the flight but the evidence suggests that the passengers and crew bravely fought their hijackers and defeated their plan to crash the aircraft into Washington. The result of their action would be that many lives were saved when the plane came down in an abandoned strip mine in this rural area near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The original memorial was a makeshift display of flags and flowers set up on bales of hay and strewn about on the ground. Hundreds of items were brought to the site by family members of these heroes and visitors from around the world. The cache was placed among these items approximately one month after the crash to direct and inspire persons to visit a remote site that was not easy to locate. There is an ongoing effort to maintain and preserve this spontaneous expression of grief and remembrance which continues to see a steady stream of visitors in spite of its remote location. Some of the more perishible items were taken away by the local historical society and a temporary memorial was established at a new and improved location overlooking the crash site. A permanent memorial is planned.


TRIGO: Three Rivers Informal Geocaching Organization

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Note 06 Sept 2011 by  Quest Master  (Finds: 105  Score: 511.5)    (Hidden: 45  Score: 210)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Oops! I thought that I made this cache virtual several months ago when I discovered that the container was missing. I thought at the time that it no longer made sense to maintain a physical cache at this site due to the impending takeover by the National Park Service so I'm going to do now what I should have done then. I'm also going to retire this cache temporarily until I can pay a visit to the memorial to check the coordinates. If it's going to be possible to stand at the site of the temporary memorial at some time in the future, I'm going to maintain these coordinates for posterity. If that won't work, I'll simply move the cache. It wouldn't be the first time. We're just lucky that this is listed on Navicache and not another site that would never allow such things as containerless cache or cache that moves.

Note 05 Sept 2011 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

I did, in fact, visit the temporary memorial at the western overlook. From what I could tell the last listed location of this cache is in the middle of the new parking lot for the permanent memorial.

Note 04 Sept 2011 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

From NPS website:

Update: Final Closing of the Temporary Memorial - Sept. 9, 2011
The last temporary memorial - the Western Overlook - will close for the very last time at 4 pm on September 9, 2011 in preparation for the opening and dedication of the permanent memorial.

Current Temporary Memorial - The Western Overlook. The previous temporary memorial, which was located on Skyline Rd [CACHE SITE?], was retired in the summer of 2010. The location is now part of the Field of Honor and Skyline Rd. is closed. The tributes from the previous temporary memorial are under the care of the memorial's curatorial staff. Visitor services are now located at the Western Overlook.

It would appear that the listed coords are no longer accessble and the container is likely in the possession of the curatorial staff.

I recommend this cache be archived.

Note 26 Oct 2008 by  DresselDragons  (Finds: 0  Score: 0)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

We awoke this morning to find a beautiful, yet chilly day in Somerset. Since we had some extra time before we had to pick up Brenda down the road, we decided to head over to the memorial. It was pretty early when we arrived, and we were suprised at the large number of visitors. We paid our respects and checked out both sides of the memorial "wall", but did not immediately notice the cache container. We were all invited into the small building for a brief presentation, and then the cache soon became pretty insignificant. The plans for the permanent memorial are just beautiful. We will to return again with Brenda the next time we are in the area.

Note 14 Aug 2008 by  Quest Master  (Finds: 105  Score: 511.5)    (Hidden: 45  Score: 210)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

And so this cache has survived yet another migration to live another day. The coordinates have been updated accordingly. Thanks Blitz!

I found it! 13 Aug 2008 by  blitz_8255  (Finds: 57  Score: 279)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 10)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Since I cannot describe what I saw and felt, you must see this place for yourself. Here are the new coords for the cache: N40 03.324 W78 54.011
[Modified 2008-08-13 20:52:28]

  camera1 part of the memorial

Note 25 Jul 2008 by  Quest Master  (Finds: 105  Score: 511.5)    (Hidden: 45  Score: 210)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

This cache is being relocated across the street along with the rest of the memorial. This process is expected to take a few weeks during which time the cache will not be available. If you do happen to find the cache in its new home, please let us know what the new coordinates are.

I found it! 19 Jun 2008 by  Rev Mike  (Finds: 32  Score: 128.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Cache was an easy find but by no means a park and grab.
Time had to be taken for this to sink in.
The area had quite an impact on me.

Thanks for bringing me here.

- Rev Mike

I found it! 29 Mar 2008 by  Mountain Junkie  (Finds: 1  Score: 2)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

TNLNSL. Did not know this cache is off the market on another site. All I knew was that I was not going to try to swap anything in it! Did grab it and sign the log. And the travel bugs are still in it.
Was told the first part of the real memorial will be done on the 10'th anniversary.
[Modified 2008-03-31 06:21:20]


I found it! 20 Oct 2007 by  Mooman56  (Finds: 35  Score: 162)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 16)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I can find no words to express how I felt while visiting this site...

I found it! 07 Oct 2007 by  steel city babes  (Finds: 18  Score: 83)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Wow is all a can say! What a touching tribute to those who stood tall and prevented flight 93 from turning into a missle meant to cause more destruction.

I arrived with fellow cachers bvnlj(return visit) and grawhawke.



I found it! 23 Sept 2007 by  BVnLJ  (Finds: 4  Score: 16.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Went to this sight today and felt such an overwhelming sense of sorrow. Lookig at all of the momentos people have left and listening to the volunteer who was giving a presentation about what occurred you can't help but feel not only this deep loss for the victims but also for their
family and friends. Anyone who hasn't been to this sight should really go .... we're sorry we haven't been there until now. The sacrifice they gave is just astounding and brave.
Thanks QM for this cache

I found it! 22 Aug 2007 by  outlander 400  (Finds: 1  Score: 2)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

After reflecting our personal feelings at the temporary memorial, we found the cache and signed the log. Thanks for the cache at a place so special.

I found it! 11 Aug 2007 by  Virginia Belle  (Finds: 1  Score: 2)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

A tribute to our Heroes
Virginia Belle, visiting from Illinois

I found it! 01 Aug 2007 by  sherpes  (Finds: 5  Score: 19.5)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 3.5)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Stopped by during a trip with the family. Found this poem engraved on a metal plaque.

United Flight #93

We will never forget when the call came.
For a trip that would return us never the same.

The journey though anzious, was filled with much dread.
For none of really knew what lay ahead.

In a remote part of a small little town.
In an old strip-mine a plane had gone down.

Oh, we knew the enemies, they thought they had scored.
But they hadn't planned for the heroes on board.

The refused to give in, and they gave it their best,
And there on that ground, the plane laid to rest.

So we made our way to this small patch of land,
And gathered our rakes and sifted through sand.

We walked miles and miles around ponds and lakes,
Searching for anything someone could take.

Something, anything, small we could find,
to give some sort of closure and provide peace of mind.

It became a mission by the end of the day,
to find a small token, a watch, or a chain,
That someone could look at and place with a name.

In the center of this, one thing stood true,
Old Glory kept waving her red, white, and blue.

We would look up at her often with tears in our eyes
and remember with reverence those who had died.

We all were connected to those on that plane,
we helf wallets, or purses bearing their name.

And our wish as we pray, some quietly, some loud,
was that we hope we did well and that we made you proud.

Sandra Greene
Knoxville FBI
Evidence Response Team

  cameraFlight 93 Poem

I found it! 29 Apr 2006 by  MARSHALL  (Finds: 14  Score: 72.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

1500 hrs. Had to come here before we see Hollywoods view-point. Only question we have. What is taking so long for the permanent memorial? (could it be the federal bureaucracy) Good & Safe Caching to all Who Follow

I found it! 03 Jan 2005 by  ivwarrior  (Finds: 4  Score: 12.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

My first cache of the year. I've been meaning to visit this spot, and also do this cache, for a while now. This was the first time I was in the general area that I wasn't already late for something else. I took a few pictures, and a brochure from the 'visitors booth' there, and left my signature in both the cache logbook, and the visitor's log in the booth.

Thanks for placing a cache here to pinpoint this location for cachers like me, who weren't sure exactly where this location was.

I found it! 20 Sept 2003 by  Kordite  (Finds: 17  Score: 76.5)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Was in the area after a wrong turn heading for the PA State Championships of the World Atlatl Association.

When the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial went up in Washington, people began leaving tokens of rememberence at the stone wall. Before that, memorials had little more than flowers but there was something about that stark list of the fallen that drew that kind of interaction like no memorial before it. I had no personal connection to that conflict or those involved but when I visited year ago I watched a man standing there reach out and touch one of the names. It was like a fist reached into my chest and squeezed my heart. That he left a pair of dog-tags behind seemed so very right.

Unfortunately, I did not feel that same sense of power at this memorial. The tall chain link fence and dry-erase board seems terribly calculated to collect artifacts. Originally, people left items in the field spontaneously but now those making the pilgrimage leave flags and things seemingly because they feel it is something they should do to show their patriotism. The section of fence seems to have stolen the soul from the memorial.

Hopefully when a permanent memorial is built, the power that this place deserves to have will return.

I found it! 20 Aug 2003 by  Nellsnake  (Finds: 69  Score: 316.5)    (Hidden: 12  Score: 62.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Stopped by the memorial on the way back from NJ to Pittsburgh. As expected, very moving and interesting to talk with the volunteer there, one of the three living eyewitnesses to the crash. Thanks so much for the experience!

I found it! 30 May 2002 by  Dog Whisperer  (Finds: 2  Score: 7.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Found when it was listed elsewhere. My very first cache.


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