Programs & Events

  • FLIGHT 93
    SPEAKER SERIES

    Dates in June, July, and August
  • SEVENTEENTH OBSERVANCE

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2001-SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
  • WALK 93

    September 22, 2018
  • PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93

    April 27-28, 2018

2018 Speaker Series Dates:

The Flight 93 Speaker Series is a joint effort between the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93. The summer-long series will again be presented by Somerset Trust Company, with events running on the weekends throughout the summer starting in May through August, all free of charge to the general public.

Programs are presented on Saturday's at 12pm & 2pm, and Sundays at 1pm in the Flight 93 National Memorial Learning Center.

May 19 & 20 - Dennis Dirkmaat, Chair of Applied Forensic Services at Mercyhurst University & worked on site at Flight 93 in September 2001 and Wally Miller, Somerset County coroner, who oversaw the crash site and helped family members organize the 'Families of Flight 93.'

June 16 & 17 - Family member Lorne Lyles, whose wife, CeeCee, was a flight attendant on Flight 93, will be speaking at the memorial for the first time. Lorne received a call from CeeCee in the flight's final minutes as she informed him that passengers and crew were breaking into the cockpit to attack the hijackers.

July 21 & 22 - Tim Lambert, who owned land at crash site, and Dennis Roddy, who covered the Flight 93 story for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will give their unique perspectives on the event and its aftermath. Lambert and his family owned the hemlock trees that are such a prominent part of the memorial's story; he also is a Harrisburg-based radio reporter who reported from the site. Roddy wrote and helped to oversee much of the Post-Gazette's award-winning coverage.

August 18 & 19 - Cleveland-based air traffic controller John Werth, who was responsible for monitoring Flight 93 on September 11, and was the first person to realize that the flight had been hijacked, will be the featured speaker. He will be joined by Mal Fuller, who oversaw the air traffic control tower in nearby Pittsburgh that fateful day. Fuller has been a board member of the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

2017 Speaker Series Recap:

May 2017 – Family members Ken Nacke and Ed Root. Ken’s brother, Louis J. “Joey” Nacke, was a passenger on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Ed’s cousin, Lorraine Bay, was a United Airlines flight attendant. 

June 2017 – Wally Miller, Somerset County coroner, who oversaw the crash site and helped family members organize the “Families of Flight 93.”

July 2017 – First responders John Weir of PBS Coal, which owned part of the crash site; Louis Veitz, unit supervisor of the Pa. State Police forensic mapping unit during the investigation; and Stacy Schmitt, one of the first state troopers to reach the site on 9/11.

August 2017 – Family members Deborah Borza, mother of passenger Deora Bodley, and Calvin Wilson, brother-in-law of First Officer LeRoy Homer. 

The July and August events were filmed and you can view the archived footage below. 

PLEASE JOIN THE FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, FAMILIES OF FLIGHT 93 AND NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION FOR THE SEVENTEENTH OBSERVANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.

September 9, 2018 - Tower of Voices Dedication

  • Where: Tower of Voices, Flight 93 National Memorial
  • When: 1:00pm - 2:00pm


September 11, 2018 - September 11 Memorial Service, Seventeenth Anniversary Observance

  • Where: Memorial Plaza, Flight 93 National Memorial
  • When: 9:45am - 10:45am


*Please note, there will not be a Luminaria Ceremony this year. The Visitor Center wil be open after hours on Sunday, September 9 until 7pm. Memorial grounds will be open sunrise to sunset. 

Please join the Friends of Flight 93, National Park Service, Families of Flight 93 and National Park Foundation for the Sixteenth Observance of September 11, 2001. We invite the public to gather in remembrance and honor of the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93, as well as all who gave their lives sixteen years ago on September 11, 2001.

The Observance will be held adjacent to the Visitor Center. This open air, rain-or-shine service will include brief remarks, special music, reading of the names of the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93, and ringing of the Bells of Remembrance.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. No backpacks or large bags are permitted. Limited seating will be available for the approximately hour-long ceremony, although guests are permitted to bring their own chairs. The memorial will open at 7 a.m.; visitors should arrive early to allow ample time for the shuttle ride from the parking area to the Memorial Plaza. The Visitor Center will not be open on September 11 until noon.  

JOIN THE FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93, SOMERSET LEADERSHIP AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOR THIS YEAR'S FOURTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL WALK 93 ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL.

September 22, 2018 - Please join us in participating in the 4th annual Walk 93!

The Friends of Flight 93 are partnering with Leadership Somerset County once again for the fourth annual Walk 93 at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 22, 2018!

Participants will come together for a guided Ranger walk along the 2.28 mile Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge, and Western Overlook Trail where they were be able to learn about the story of Flight 93 along the way. Walk 93 will be held in conjuction with Public Lands Day next year to celebrate our national park and stewardship to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93. All participants are welcome, and families are encouraged to walk together.

Proceeds from the walk registration and fundraising efforts will directly support the development and construction of a picnic pavilion area at Flight 93 National Memorial next year.

This public walk helps raise awareness about Flight 93 National Memorial as a place to honor the passengers and crew whose actions prevented an attack on our nation’s capital on September 11, 2001. Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in front of the Learning Center. The walk will begin at 9:00 a.m.!

  • Adults ages 18 and older - $25
  • Youth ages 13-17 - $12
  • Children ages 12 and under - FREE

THANKS TO THIS YEAR’S EFFORTS, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PLANTED 116,318 TREES SEEDLINGS AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL! THE GOAL IS TO EVENTUALLY PLANT OVER 150,000 SEEDLINGS THAT WILL GROW TO CREATE A WINDBREAK FOR THE 40 MEMORIAL GROVES, IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITATS, AND RESTORE THE LAND TO ITS NATURAL, PRE-MINING APPEARANCE.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Friends of Flight 93, National Park Service and National Park Foundation partnered with local sponsors and donors to host the reforestation project at Flight 93 National Memorial. We look forward to next year's planting dates in the hopes of getting one step closer to our goal of planting 150,000 new seedlings across Flight 93!

See below for information on our event sponsors and donors!

2018 PLANT A TREE SPONSORS - THANK YOU!

  • METLIFE
  • INTERNATIONAL PAPER
  • S&T BANK
  • LEONARD S. FIORE, INC.
  • ROSEBUD MINING COMPANY
  • NORTH AMERICAN HOGANAS
  • SOMERSET ROTARY CLUB
  • SIMPSON & MCCRADY
  • SOMERSET WALMART
  • LAUREL HIGHLANDS VISITORS BUREAU
  • THREE RIVERS ORTHOPAEDIC & SPINE PRODUCTS, INC.
  • TERRY L. BUTLER

2018 PLANT A TREE IN-KIND DONORS - THANK YOU!

  • ROSEBUD MINING COMPANY
  • SOMERSET EAT N' PARK
  • LOWE'S OF SOMERSET
  • SOMERSET STARBUCKS
  • CENTRAL CITY SUBWAY
  • SNYDER OF BERLIN
  • SEVEN SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT