Special Events

  • PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93

    2022
  • Pollinator Party! Remake Learning Days

    2022
  • WALK 93

    2022
  • LUMINARIA

    September 10, 2021
  • SEPTEMBER 11 OBSERVANCE

    SEPTEMBER 11, 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?

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.

  

ANNUAL WALK 93 

Get Excited! The Annual Walk 93 is happening this FALL 2022! 

Keep checking back for the official date for our Anuual Walk 93 at Flight 93 National Memorial on our Facebook @Flight93Friends and Instagram @flight93friends often for when registration opens.

A little boy running with his jacket spread out like wings.

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.

Two park rangers leading a group of Walk 93 participants.

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


 

 

Luminaria

Hosted by the Friends of Flight 93

The general public is usually welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

On the evening of September 10 2021, 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. This is a respectful tribute and peaceful time to reflect and remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001.

As part of the respectful tribute and peaceful time of reflection, the Johnstown Symphony participated as the musical component for the Luminaria Ceremony. The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra strings played the music of Gustav Mahler, Samuel Barber, and George Walker.

A huge thank you to the Johnstown Symphony for participating during the Luminara Ceremony 2021! 

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
  • Music provided by United States Marine Band


With public health in mind, the 90-minute observance was limited to family members and invited guests and livestreamed on the park’s Facebook page. Park grounds were reopened to the public following the conclusion of the ceremony.

The ceremony began on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 9:45 a.m. EDT at the Memorial Plaza. At 10:03 a.m., the moment Flight 93 crashed, the names of the passengers and crew members were read with the ringing of the Bells of Remembrance.

Click here for the current press release for the event. 

View the program on the NPS page.


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 Award. This 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.