Special Events

  • SEPTEMBER 11 OBSERVANCE

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
  • LUMINARIA

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

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 - 2021
  • WALK 93

    Postponed to 2021
  • PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93

    2022
  • Volunteer Spotlight

  • National Park Service

    Volunteer Info

September 11 Observance General Information

The National Park Service, along with the Families of Flight 93, Friends of Flight 93, and National Park Foundation will host the Twentieth Anniversary Observance on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Flight 93 National Memorial will honor the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 for the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attack. The annual observance on Saturday, September 11, on the Memorial Plaza. At 10:03 a.m. – the moment Flight 93 crashed – the names of the passengers and crew members will be read, the Bells of Remembrance will be rung in their memory, and a wreath will be placed at the Wall of Names.

To view the below 2020 ceremony videos with closed captions, please visit the NPS Youtube Channel

For more information on the events schedule, press and media kits, and special events permit please visit nps.gov/flni

Tower of Voices Dedication

September 11 Observance

Luminaria

On the evening of September 10, 40 luminaria candle lanterns will be lit and carried by family members, distinguished guests, National Park Service staff 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. This is a respectful tribute and peaceful time to reflect and remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001. The general public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Please note that the Luminaria will be held annually every five years, with the next event taking place in 2021 during the Twentieth Observance.

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.

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.

ANNUAL WALK 93 POSTPONED TO 2021

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

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, as well as assist 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 assited in planting 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 with the goal of planting 150,000 new seedlings by 2021!

The Flight 93 partnership remains very grateful to the volunteers, supporters and conservation partners who make this important program possible each year. We want to thank the following partners whose 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 would like to thank the following reforestation sponsors for their generous support for this initiative:

The UPS Foundation
Roy A. Hunt Foundation
Hollern Insurance
Irene M. Kent
First National Bank of Pennsylvania
Susan Keller
North American Höganäs
Emma Munson Foundation
Terry Butler
H.F. Lenz
Sandra McCurdy

Orientation Videos

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

 

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.

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.