Programs & Events
PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93April 26-27, 2019
FLIGHT 93 SPEAKER SERIESDates in May, June, July, and August
SEVENTEENTH OBSERVANCESEPTEMBER 11, 2019
WALK 93Date TBD
Save The Date! April 26-27, 2019
Volunteers are needed as we near our goal of 150,000 planted trees at Flight 93!
On April 26 and April 27, approximately 400 hundred volunteers are needed to work with forestry professionals to help plant over 15,000 native tree seedlings across 20 acres of memorial landscape. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON MARCH 27!
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 passengers and crew of Flight 93.
Information to know before the event:
- All tree planters must pre-register individually. The number of volunteers is limited and no walk-on volunteers are permitted on the event day. Registration will close when all tree-planting spots are full. If your plans change and you can no longer participate, please contact us so we may give those on the wait-list an opportunity to participate.
- Plan to arrive at the memorial between 8:00-8:30 am for registration and stay until at least 2:00 pm, or until all the seedlings have been planted.
- If you are part of an organization or business that is attending as a group, please list the name of the organization or business when registering so we can place everyone on the same team.
- All tree planters must be age 14 or older to participate. Sorry, there are no exceptions! Participants between the ages of 14 and 17 must complete a “Volunteer Service Agreement,” signed by a parent or legal guardian.
- This is a rain-snow-or-shine event. In the event of severe hazardous weather, the National Park Service reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event.
- The planting areas have been plowed and are very uneven and rocky and may be muddy. Some walking is required to reach the planting site. Please be sure you are able to work in these conditions for a full day. All participants must be wearing boots to participate or you will not be allowed out to the planting site.
Plant a Tree at Flight 93 is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the National Park Foundation, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and many generous donors. If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Brooke Neel at [email protected] with the subject: Plant a Tree Sponsorship.
This year's key hashtags are: #PlantATree2019 #FindYourPark #Honor93. Use #PlantATree2019 to tag your photos and share your stories while planting!
2018 Speaker Series Info:
The Flight 93 Speaker Series is a joint effort between the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93. The summer-long series will again be presented by Somerset Trust Company, with events running on the weekends throughout the summer starting in May through August, all free of charge to the general public.
Programs are presented on Saturday's at 12pm & 2pm, and Sundays at 1pm in the Flight 93 National Memorial Learning Center.
May 19 & 20 - Dennis Dirkmaat, Chair of Applied Forensic Services at Mercyhurst University & worked on site at Flight 93 in September 2001 and Wally Miller, Somerset County coroner, who oversaw the crash site and helped family members organize the 'Families of Flight 93.' View the press release.
June 16 & 17 - Family member Lorne Lyles, whose wife, CeeCee, was a flight attendant on Flight 93, will be speaking at the memorial for the first time. Lorne received a call from CeeCee in the flight's final minutes as she informed him that passengers and crew were breaking into the cockpit to attack the hijackers. View the press release.
July 21 & 22 - Tim Lambert, who owned land at crash site, and Dennis Roddy, who covered the Flight 93 story for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will give their unique perspectives on the event and its aftermath. Lambert and his family owned the hemlock trees that are such a prominent part of the memorial's story; he also is a Harrisburg-based radio reporter who reported from the site. Roddy wrote and helped to oversee much of the Post-Gazette's award-winning coverage. Lambert will speak both days, and Roddy on Saturday only. View the press release.
August 18 & 19 - Cleveland-based air traffic controller John Werth, who was responsible for monitoring Flight 93 on September 11, and was the first person to realize that the flight had been hijacked, will be the featured speaker. He will be joined by Mal Fuller, who oversaw the air traffic control tower in nearby Pittsburgh that fateful day. Fuller has been a board member of the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. View the press release.
2017 Speaker Series Recap:
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 FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, FAMILIES OF FLIGHT 93 AND NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION CAME TOGETHER FOR THE SEVENTEENTH OBSERVANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ON SEPTEMBER 9-11 AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL.
The public was invited to gather in remembrance and honor of the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93, as well as all who gave their lives seventeen years ago on September 11, 2001.
The Tower of Voices was dedicated on Sunday, September 9. The annual observance was held at the Visitor Center on Tuesday, September 11. Both open air, rain-or-shine services included brief remarks, special music, reading of the names of the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93, and ringing of the Bells of Remembrance.
*Please note, there was no Luminaria Ceremony this year.
2018 PARTNERS - THANK YOU!
- EDEN HALL FOUNDATION
2018 SPONSORS - THANK YOU!
- MRS. & MRS. S. PROSSER MELLON
- GLOBAL/SFC VALVE CORPORATION
- MR. & MRS. JAMES M. WALTON
- MR. RICHARD A. MELLON
- MR. & MRS. MAHLON FULLER
- SECURITAS ELECTRONIC SECURITY
- MRS. ELISABETH B. MCCULLOUGH
- CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
2018 DONORS - THANK YOU!
- FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES
- JOHN & ELIZABETH SURMA
- JANET A. CLARK
2018 IN-KIND DONORS - THANK YOU!
- AMERICAN RED CROSS
THE FOURTH ANNUAL WALK 93 WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL.
The Friends of Flight 93 are partnering with Leadership Somerset County once again for the fourth annual Walk 93 at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 22, 2018! Proceeds from the walk registration and fundraising efforts will directly support the development and construction of a picnic pavilion area at Flight 93 National Memorial next year.
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. This memorial walk is a way to celebrate our national park, and stewardship to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93. 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.!
2018 WALK 93 TITLE SPONSORS - THANK YOU!
- FEDEX GROUND
- UPMC HEALTH PLAN
2018 SPONSORS - THANK YOU!
- AK STEEL CORPORATION
- GLOBAL/SFC VALVE CORPORATION
- SOMERSET SCA FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL
- TERRY BUTLER
- TWIN LAKES CENTER, INC.