Programs & Events
2017 Walk 93 - September 30, 2017
For the third consecutive year, the Friends of Flight 93, the National Park Service and Leadership Somerset County will host Walk 93 to honor and remember the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93. Walk with us on September 30, 2017 to ensure that the story of Flight 93 remains relevant and inspirational to future generations.
This year’s special guest is Family member Deborah Borza who will welcome event participants before the walk begins. Walkers will experience a guided, ranger-led walk down the 2.28-mile Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge, and Western Overlook Trail with special interpretation stops. Registered walkers will enjoy different perspectives of the memorial in the early morning light as well as a spectrum of vibrant colors that highlight Flight 93 in the fall season. Click Register Now below to sign-up!
Join the Friends of Flight 93, Somerset Leadership and the National Park Service for this annual memorial walk at Flight 93!
September 30, 2017 - Please join us in participating in the 3rd annual Walk 93!
The Friends of Flight 93 are partnering with Leadership Somerset County for the third annual Walk 93 at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 30, 2017!
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. Participants are able to tour the Visitor’s Center from 8am-9am before the walk begins. Walk 93 will be held in conjuction with Public Lands Day this year to celebrate our national park and stewardship to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93.
Proceeds from the walk registration and fundraising efforts this year will go towards the development and construction of the Temporary Memorial Trail at Flight 93 National Memorial. All participants are welcome, and families are encouraged to walk together.
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
Plant a Tree at Flight 93 - 2017 Event Recap
Save The Date! Spring, 2018
Thank you participants, forestry professionals and sponsors!
On May 19 and 20, 2017, approximately 500 volunteers converged together at Flight 93 National Memorial to work with forestry professionals to help plant a total of 11,600 native tree seedlings across 17 acres of memorial landscape! Our volunteer tree planters work towards reclaiming the old mine site, as well as assist in creating a living memorial landscape meant to honor the actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.
Thanks to this year’s efforts, we have successfully planted 112,958 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 sixth 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 closer to our goal of planting 150,000 new seedlings across Flight 93!
2017 EVENT PARTNERS
• FedEx Ground
• MetLife Foundation
• Rosebud Mining
• Roy A. Hunt Foundation
• S&T Bank
• UPS Foundation
• Global / SFC Valve Corporation
• Somerset Trust Company
• Simpson & McCrady
• Bittner Vending
• Haine Middle School
• Seven Springs Mountain Resort
• Concurrent Technologies Corporation
• Eat N’ Park
• Fraternal Order of Eagles
North American Hoganas
• Musser Engineering
• Snyder of Berlin
Flight 93 Speaker Series
The inaugural Flight 93 Speaker Series was a joint effort between the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93. The summer-long series was presented by Somerset Trust Company, with four events on weekends throughout the summer running May through August, all free of charge to the general public.
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.More