Special Events

  • PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93

    2022
  • WALK 93

    2022
  • SEPTEMBER 11 OBSERVANCE

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
  • LUMINARIA

    September 10, 2021
  • 20TH COMMEMORATION OF 9/11

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 - 2021
  • Volunteer Spotlight

  • National Park Service

    Volunteer Info

Plant a Tree at Flight 93

What is Plant a Tree at Flight 93? 

Every spring, the Friends of Flight 93, National Park Service, and National Park Foundation partner with local sponsors and forestry professionals to host a major reforestation project. Our volunteer tree planters work towards reclaiming the memorial grounds, a former surface mine, and assisting in creating a living memorial landscape meant to honor the actions of the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93.

Since 2012, volunteers have planted 129,918 native tree seedlings at Flight 93 National Memorial that will grow to create a natural windbreak, improve wildlife habitats, and restore the land to its natural, pre-mining appearance. We look forward to planting native tree seedlings again next year to plant 150,000 new seedlings!

The Flight 93 partnership remains very grateful to the volunteers, supporters, and conservation partners who make this vital program possible each year. In addition, we want to thank the following partners. Their support will help make this event possible, including the American Chestnut Foundation, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), Green Forests Work, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation, and Law Enforcement, and DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and individual donors, corporations and foundations. 

If you are interested in participating in the 2022 event, please fill out this form to be notified when registration opens. 

Event Partners

We want to thank the following reforestation sponsors for their generous support for this initiative:



Orientation Videos

Please visit nps.gov/flni to watch a special Plant a Tree at Flight 93 welcome message and a safety orientation. 

 

ANNUAL WALK 93 POSTPONED TO 2022

2019 Event Recap:

For the fifth consecutive year, the Friends of Flight 93 hosted Walk 93 to honor and remember the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93. The walk took place on October 12 with approximately 250 participants to ensure that the story of Flight 93 remains relevant and inspirational to future generations. Proceeds from the walk registration and fundraising efforts totaled over $30,000 and directly support the completion of the original memorial design at Flight 93 National Memorial.

The story of Flight 93 film was played before Friends’ board members and staff welcomed event participants before the walk began in the Learning Center. Walkers experienced a guided, ranger-led walk down the 2.28-mile Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge, and Western Overlook Trail with special interpretation stops along the walkway. Registered walkers also were exposed to different perspectives of the memorial including vibrant colors that highlight the memorial in the fall season. 

This memorial walk is a way to celebrate our national park and stewardship to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93. The public walk raises awareness about Flight 93 National Memorial as a place to honor the passengers and crew members whose actions prevented an attack on our nation’s capital on September 11, 2001.

TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS - THANK YOU!

  • FEDEX GROUND - TITLE SPONSOR
  • UPMC HEALTH PLAN - TITLE SPONSOR
  • GLOBAL/SFC VALVE - TRIBUTE SPONSOR
  • AK STEEL CORPORATION - TRIBUTE SPONSOR
  • DONNA GIBSON - WILDFLOWER SPONSOR
  • TERRY L. BUTLER - WETLANDS SPONSOR
  • H.F. LENZ COMPANY - WETLANDS SPONSOR
  • BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES THE PREFERRED REALTY - GROVE SPONSOR
  • FIRST COMMONWEALTH BANK - GROVE SPONSOR

September 11 Observance 

Two decades after September 11, Flight 93 National Memorial observed the 20th anniversary and honored the 40 passengers and crew members who were aboard Flight 93 that fateful day. The 20th Observance included remarks from: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe, 43rd President George W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Captain David Kurtz, Commanding Officer, USS Somerset, Gordon Felt, brother of passenger Edward Porter Felt, and Music provided by United States Marine Band. View the program on the NPS page.

Luminaria

Hosted by the Friends of Flight 93

On the evening of September 10, 40 luminaria candle lanterns were lit and carried by family members, distinguished guests, and Friends members and placed below the names of each of the passengers and crew members of Flight 93, dramatically illuminating the Wall of Names. 

Luminaria

20TH COMMEMORATION OF 9/11

REMEMBER THE HEROES OF FLIGHT 93

Do you remember where you were 20 years ago on September 11, 2001? The youth of today have no living memory of that fateful day when America was attacked and the 40 individuals on board United Flight 93 ended the 9/11 attacks.

Flight 93, the story of 40 passenger and crew members who likely saved the lives of Members of Congress, staff and civilians in the U.S. Capitol by fighting back against terrorists who hijacked their plan, thus thwarting the final attack on the United States on 9/11.

As a nation, we made a promise to Never Forget the 40 heroes aboard Flight 93, and today it’s our responsibility to uphold this promise by sharing their story with today’s generation, too young to remember 9/11. We must keep this commitment by educating today’s youth and sharing our memories of 9/11 so that they story of Flight 93 remains relevant, accessible and inspirational to tomorrow’s generation.

NEW! FLIGHT 93 HEROES AWARD

Inspired by the approaching 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, and in memory of the heroism displayed by the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 in the skies over Pennsylvania, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial invites nominations for the First Annual Flight 93 Heroes AwardThis national award will be presented each year to individuals who have demonstrated remarkable acts of selfless courage in their community, anywhere in the United States. This year's winner will be announced ahead of the 20th Commemoration in September.

FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93 20th COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES

  • Education outreach initiatives for today's youth and educators
  • Virtual Speaker Series programs with 9/11 family members, first responders and community members
  • Twentieth Observance at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2001

Activities will be updated as we approach September. Please check back for updates!

SHARE YOUR MEMORY OF 9/11

The Friends encourage our supporters to share their stories and memories of September 11 with us so we can continue to educate the next generation with first-person accounts of 9/11 and the story of Flight 93. You may share your story with us on social media by tagging us on Facebook at @Flight93Friends or Twitter @FriendsFlight93

SUPPORT THE FRIENDS 20th COMMEMORATION CAMPAIGN

Individuals, corporations and foundations may support the Friends 20th commemoration campaign with a donation today by visiting 911flight93.org.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

We want to showcase you, our volunteers! 

Did you know Flight 93 National Memorial had over 500 volunteers in the park this year? With so many people supporting the memorial, we understand it’s hard to meet everyone and really get to know other volunteers. That’s why we want to showcase you and your efforts toward the park!

The Friends will spotlight a different volunteer on our social media channels and quarterly in the Friends e-newsletter when we have stories to share. Over time, you’ll get to meet volunteers from the park service, Friends of Flight 93, or find out who volunteers for both organizations! Our volunteer base is the core of this park and we believe you deserve recognition for the time you give so selflessly. 

Interested in submitting your story? The volunteer spotlight is an easy form that asks a couple questions to get to know you better and understand why you volunteer at Flight 93 National Memorial. If you already volunteer and would like to participate today, please submit your spotlight so that we may show the communities and our followers all that volunteers do to support Flight 93. 

National Park Service Volunteer Opportunities

The National Park Service seeks volunteers in several areas at Flight 93 National Memorial including:

  • Plaza Greeters
  • Children's Discovery Table
  • Ambassadors
  • Oral History
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Administration

Learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities at Flight 93 National Memorial.