Day-Tripping: Two National Parks, Fall Foliage & Fun

Take a day trip with Linglestown American Legion Post 272 …

In just a blink of an eye, a common field in Pennsylvania became a field of honor forever.

Linglestown American Legion Post 272 has graciously extended an invitation for a few Gazette readers to join them on a van trip on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 to that common field in Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 and its 44 passengers launched this tiny town into the world’s spotlight during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Wall of Names at Flight 93 National Memorial

You’ll stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center to take in its stunning architecture, explore the exhibit area and Learning Center, and then stroll the ¼ mile walkway to a wall that memorializes those who perished. From the wall area, you can look out over a field and see Flight 93’s final resting place that is marked by a huge boulder.

And there’s more …

After lunch you’ll travel north another 40 miles to a second stop — The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historical Site. Here you’ll learn about a transportation engineering marvel that was built to get boats on the Erie Canal over a major obstacle — mountains. The stop will include a tour of a house that once was a tavern and a popular stop for rail passengers, an engine house shelter, and a historic bridge.

And if you’re lucky, the hills and dales between Linglestown and our destinations will be ablaze with a palette of fall colors.    

Departure will be from the Linglestown American Legion Post 272 at 505 N. Mountain Road at 9 am sharp, with an arrival time back in Linglestown around 7 pm.

Be sure to reserve your seats ASAP because only 12 spots are available to Gazette readers.

The suggested donation for a non-Legion member is $50, and only $90 per couple. Your donation does not include lunch, but there will be a stop at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Somerset. Deadline for reservation is Oct. 16, 2017. Checks should be made out to Linglestown American Legion Post 272 and mailed to:

Linglestown Legion Van Trip
℅ Linglestown Gazette
6204 Elmer Avenue
Harrisburg, PA  17112

For more information, please call Bill Bostic at (717) 512-0722 or send email to LinglestownGazette@gmail.com.

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