Programs & Events

  • Plant a Tree at Flight 93

    Event Dates: April 27-28, 2018

    On April 27 and April 28, hundreds of volunteers will work with forestry professionals to help plant a total of 14,960 native tree seedlings across 22 acres of reclaimed strip mined area. Our volunteer tree planters work towards reclaiming the memorial grounds, a former surface mine, as well as assist in creating a living memorial landscape meant to honor the actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

    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

    Registration is currently full. To be added to the event wait list please contact us

    Information to know before the event: 

    - All tree planters must pre-register individually.  The number of volunteers is limited and no walk-on volunteers are permitted on the event day.  Registration will close on April 13 or when all tree-planting spots are full.  If your plans change and you can no longer participate, please contact us so we may give those on the wait-list an opportunity to participate. 

    - Plan to arrive at the memorial between 8-8:30 AM for registration and stay until at least 2 PM or until all the seedlings have been planted.

    - If you are part of an organization or business that is attending as a group, please list the name of the organization or business when registering so we can place everyone on the same team. 

    - All tree planters must be age 14 or older to participate. Sorry, there are no exceptions! Participants between the ages of 14 and 17 must complete a “Volunteer Service Agreement,” signed by a parent or legal guardian.

     - This is a rain-snow-or-shine event. In the event of severe hazardous weather, the National Park Service reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event. 

     - The planting areas have been plowed and are very uneven and rocky and may be muddy.  Some walking is required to reach the planting site.  Please be sure you are able to work in these conditions for a full day. All participants must be wearing boots to participate or you will not be allowed out to the planting site

    Plant a Tree at Flight 93 is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the National Park Foundation, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and many generous donors. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact the Friends of Flight 93 at 


    The GPS address for Flight 93 National Memorial is: 6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA.

    After turning into the Memorial from U.S. Route 30, please continue driving and following the event signs to the Memorial Plaza for parking. Please use the overflow parking lot near the white event tent.  


    This year's key hashtags are: #PlantATree2018 #FindYourPark #Honor93. Use #PlantATree2018 to tag your photos and share your stories while planting!

  • Flight 93 Speaker Series

    Save The Date! May 19 & 20,  June 16 & 17, July 21 & 22, August 18 & 19, 2018

    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.

    See below for a recap of the 2017 series as well as infromation on this year's second annual Flight 93 Speaker Series! 

    2018 Speaker Series Dates: 

    May 19 & 20 - Dennis Dirkmaat and Wally Miller, Somerset County coroner. 
    June 16 & 17 - Family member Deborah Borza, mother of passenger Deora Bodley. 
    July 21 & 22 - Tim Lambert and Dennis Roddy. 
    August 18 & 19 - Mal Fuller and John Werth, former air traffic controllers, will present an aviation point-of-view from the events of September 11, 2001. 

    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. 

  • Walk 93

    Save The Date! September 22, 2018

    2018 Walk 93 - Join the Friends of Flight 93, Somerset Leadership and the National Park Service for this year's fourth annual memorial walk at Flight 93 on September 22, 2018!

    Event details coming soon! 

    Proceeds from the walk registration and fundraising efforts in 2017 directly supported the development and construction of the Temporary Memorial Trail 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 in 2017 directly supported the development and construction of the Temporary Memorial Trail at Flight 93 National Memorial. 

    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


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