Special Events

  • Friends Under the Stars

    October 28, 2022
  • PINTS FOR PARKS

    September 24, 2022
  • SEPTEMBER 11 OBSERVANCE

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
  • HEROES' WALK

    September 10, 2022
  • PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93

    2022
  • Pollinator Party! Remake Learning Days

    2022
  • Volunteer Spotlight

  • National Park Service

    Volunteer Info

Friends Under the Stars!

At this event, Friends members will learn about the importance of dark skies and light pollution’s impact on humans and the environment. After a night sky presentation, you will have the opportunity to gaze at the galaxies, planets, nebulae, and other celestial objects through high-powered telescopes provided by Cumberland Astronomy Club and the Holidaysburg Astronomy Club.

Registered members are welcome to bring personal telescopes, spotting scopes, or binoculars as well. 


Who Can Attend?

An exclusive event for Friends members only.*

Membership is a simple way to stay connected to the Friends of Flight 93 and to show your support for the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends focus on increasing awareness about Flight 93, connecting people to the Memorial, and educating future generations about the events of September 11, 2001. Please support the Friends of Flight 93 by becoming a Member. Join Today ››


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When?

  • October 28, 2022

Time?

  • Arrive between 5:30 - 6:00 PM.
  • Stargazing begins at 7:00 PM.

 Where?

  • Enter at the national memorial's entrance.
  • Drive to the Visitor Center where you will see a parking lot.

 

The Friends of Flight 93 Partnered with Forbes Trail Brewing to Host a New Friends Program, Pints for Parks!

National Public Lands Day was on September 24, 2022. This is earmarked as the Nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

This year the theme of National Public Lands Day was GIVING BACK TOGETHER. Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, the non-profit partner to Flight 93 National Memorial teamed up with the Forbes Trail Brewery to raise pints and funds for enhancements to the Western Overlook at Flight 93 National Memorial. The Western Overlook is where family members were first brought to see the crash site in September of 2001. Enhancements to the overlook include an area where Park Rangers can do interpretation and help visitors understand the historical significance of the space as well as beautification to provide a space where visitors can sit and reflect on the events that occurred on the site over 21 years ago.


Friends invited the public to join them on Saturday, September 24 beginning at 2:00 PM at Forbes Trail Brewery where head brew master Mike Fahy has brewed a special Giving Back Pale Ale. The Friends have raised almost $3,000 towards the Western Overlook enhancements!

  • Proceeds from the sale of this brew are donated to the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial and the Western Overlook project.
  • Musicians donated their time for the event were Bam and Jeff Perigo, Allison Borek, Stan Supraniwicz and Chris Daugherty.
  • Smoky Trail BBQ food truck had a variety of food items for sale and sold out!
  • The Friends had a rendition of the Western Overlook enhancements for participants.
  • The brewery is child and pet friendly.
  • Chairs and blankets were allowed for extra seating and comfort.

 

Event shirts, hats and stickers were available at the brewery. No t-shirts can be bought online. There were drawings for door prizes every hour.

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September 11 Observance 

For the Twenty-first Observance, we gathered to remember and honor the passengers and crew members of Flight 93. The observance was held at the Memorial Plaza. This open-air service included brief remarks, special music, a wreath laying service, reading of the names of the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93, and ringing of the Bells of Remembrance.

September 11 Ceremony

The 21st Anniversary of the Service of Remembrance on September 11, 2022 was live streamed on Flight 93 National Memorial's YouTube channel. If you were unable to attend the ceremony, you can watch it here.

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Twenty-first Observance

  • The Twenty-first Annual September Observance began at 9:45 AM on Sunday, September 11.
  • Ceremony was held at the Memorial Plaza and OPEN to the public.
  • Visitors were encouraged to arrive early and allow ample time for shuttling to the event site.
  • Park entrance opened, and shuttles began running at 07:00 AM.
  • All visitors on the morning of September 11 parked in designated lots and shuttle to and from the event. Accessible parking and buses were available.
  • Visitors arrived one hour early to allow for travel to the event location.
  • A list of prohibited items is available on the park's website. ONLY SERVICE ANIMALS were permitted to the event and on shuttles.
  • Visitor Center was opened on September 11, 2022: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
  • For more information visit website: www.nps.gov/flni.
  • Ranger programs on September 11: 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM.
  • General event questions? Email [email protected].


MEDIA INFORMATION

  • Donna Gibson: 724.472.7933
  • Katie Hostetler: 814.233.8764
  • Elizabeth Shope: 814.449.4125
  • Email: [email protected]



The Friends hosted the Heroes’ Walk 2022, previously known as the Walk 93 at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 10th, 2022.

In-person and virtual participants “Strolled with Stories” and experienced the national memorial’s three designated walking trails (Western Overlook Trail, Memorial Plaza, Allee (Wetland Bridge)). Flight 93 family members were positioned along the trails to share stories of their loved ones from United Flight 93 as well as the other brave passengers and crew members. Flight 93 park rangers offered insights into the memorial’s architectural design.

The Friends are thankful to all 210 walk participants who joined us and family members to remember and honor the forty HEROES! Beacuase of everyone who joined and sponsor the annual walk, the Friends have raised almost $60,000.00! 

Please consider donating to help us redesign the Western Overlook in honor of the forty passenger and crew members of Flight 93. Make sure your donation is for "Heroes' Walk 2022." 

THANK YOU HEROES' WALK 2022 SPONSORS! 

  • D. Merl Tipton VFW Post
  • Family of Lorraine Bay
  • Fedex Ground
  • Global/SFC Valve
  • H.F. Lenz Company
  • Hollern Insurance Agency
  • Negley’s Water
  • New Enterprise Lime & Stone Co., Inc.
  • Susan Keller
  • Suzanne Noble
  • Terry L. Butler
  • The Lukachinsky Family

 

DONATE TODAY

 

Plant a Tree at Flight 93 

What is Plant a Tree?

For over a decade, the National Park Service, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and National Park Foundation have partnered to continue a major reforestation project. With the completion of the 2022 plantings, the milestone goal of planting 150,000 trees at Flight 93 National Memorial has been achieved. 

This conservation project is part of the memorial’s original design and is meant to reclaim the former surface mine with native trees to re-establish wildlife habitats, create essential windbreaks and establish the healing of the memorial landscape.

Participants planting tree seedlings.                  Participants posing together during Plant A Tree event.Participants planting tree seedlings.

Planting a National Memorial

The reforestation project has been a collaborative partnership that originated with the Friends of Flight 93, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and is shared by state and federal government agencies as well as private and academic organizations. More than 4,200 volunteers contributed over 17,000 volunteer hours over 10 years and made this project a success.  

Since the beginning of the plantings in 2012, 197 acres have been reforested. Now that many of the initial plantings have matured, they are 8 Feet tall and have formed essential windbreaks. Much of what is now the memorial is a former surface coal mine and this effort has also re-established woodland wildlife habitats and cultivated a living memorial. 

The planting of 41 varieties of native trees and shrubs has attracted 63 native bee species and 141 native bird species. The intermixing of pollinators has helped to create the perfect environment for birds and bees alike. Visitors coming to the memorial to pay tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members can see wildlife such as deer, geese, various native birds, bees, butterflies, and this year we had a swan join our habitat.  

This reforestation project has been truly fortunate to have partners such as Green Forests Work, The American Chestnut Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Universities of Kentucky, and Indiana University of PA and more!

For a full list of reforestation partners and sponsors from 2012-2022, visit https://www.flight93friends.org/events/reforestationpartners.

A tree seedling being planted into the ground.


Additional Reforestation Information

Plant a Tree 2022 Press Release

4/5/2022 - National Memorial to Complete Ten Year Reforestation Project

Orientation Videos

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

Our Core Reforestation Partners

For a full list of our reforestation partners (2012-2022), please visit flight93friends.org/events/reforestationpartners.

 


Pollinator Party!

MAY 13 & 14, 2022 

This Remake Learning Days program successfully took place at Flight 93 National Memorial, and the Friends of Flight 93 hosted the event both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pollinator party event brought in almost 70 children who participated. The Friends are the official non-profit partner to the National Park Service responsible for the operations and care of this site.

Before United 93 crashed at this site on September 11, 2001, the land was a former surface mine. Once scarred  by strip mining, the land was scarred once again by the crash of United 93 and the fire resulting from jet fuel's explosion.

When Paul Murdoch, the chosen architect hired to create a living memorial, visited this site, his vision was to    heal the landscape from its previous damage and to create a living memorial to honor and remember the 40  passengers and crew members aboard United 93 for generations to come.

Pollinators have played a role in the healing of this sacred site. Pollinators help ensure that the natural habitat    and ecosystem of the memorial are environmentally restored. Over the last decade, volunteers have planted over 150,000 trees at Flight 93. Along with tree planting, our natural resource team also spreads native wildflower seeds around the planting sites. 

These trees and wildflowers have attracted native wildlife that now calls Flight 93 home. Over the years,  researchers have discovered that the success of the trees and wildflowers planted have attracted over 63 native bee species and 141 native bird species. In addition, the actions taken to plant trees and wildflowers have helped to environmentally restore this once scarred site and have created a living memorial.

Want to complete the activities at home? Purchase wildflower seeds and download the instructions to complete these activities at home! The flat price includes shipping costs!


Additional Information

  • To review the Pollinator Party press release, view here
  • To read an article from The Daily American, view here.

  

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, visit the link below to:

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

NPS Photo/ 2021

NPS Photo/ 2021

NPS Photo/ 2021