Programs & Events
PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93April 26-27, 2019
FLIGHT 93 SPEAKER SERIESMay, June, July, and August
EIGHTEENTH OBSERVANCESEPTEMBER 11, 2019
WALK 93October 12, 2019
THANKS TO THIS YEAR’S EFFORTS, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PLANTED 129,918 TREES SEEDLINGS AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL! THE GOAL IS TO REACH 150,000 PLANTED SEEDLINGS OVER 10 YEARS THAT WILL GROW TO CREATE A WINDBREAK FOR THE 40 MEMORIAL GROVES, IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITATS, AND RESTORE THE LAND TO ITS NATURAL, PRE-MINING APPEARANCE.
For the 8th consecutive year, the Friends of Flight 93, National Park Service and National Park Foundation partnered with local sponsors and donors to host the reforestation project at Flight 93 National Memorial. We look forward to next year's planting dates in the hopes of getting one step closer to our goal of planting 150,000 new seedlings across Flight 93!
See below for information on our event sponsors and donors!
2019 PLANT A TREE SPONSORS - THANK YOU!
- THE UPS FOUNDATION
- ROY A. HUNT FOUNDATION
- INTERNATIONAL PAPER
- S&T BANK
- DONNA GIBSON
- EMMA MUNSON FOUNDATION
- SOMERSET TRUST COMPANY
- TERRY L. BUTLER
- GLOBAL/SFC VALVE CORPORATION
- THE EADS GROUP, INC.
- MUSSER ENGINEERING, INC.
- NORTH AMERICAN HOGANAS
- FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES
2019 PLANT A TREE IN-KIND DONORS - THANK YOU!
- THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION
- COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
- STARBUCKS SOMERSET
- BITTNER VENDING
- SNYDER OF BERLIN
- LOWE’S OF SOMERSET
- SEVEN SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT
2019 Speaker Series Info:
2019 Speaker Series Programs
The Flight 93 Speaker Series is a joint effort between the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93. The summer-long series is free of charge to the general public.
Programs are presented on Saturday's at noon & 2:00 pm, and Sundays at noon only in the Flight 93 National Memorial Learning Center:
May 25-26 – Family members' Ken Nacke and Patrick White. Ken’s brother and Patrick's cousin, Louis J. “Joey” Nacke, was a passenger on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.
June 15-16 – Family members' Ed Root and Emily Schenkel will share stories on their loved one, United Airlines flight attendant Lorraine Bay, and their experiences at Flight 93 National Memorial over the past 18 years.
July 27-28 – Volunteers-in-Parks will share their unique stories on volunteering at the memorial, and their connections to Flight 93 National Memorial as Ambassadors.
August 17 (no Sunday program) – Paul McNulty, President of Grove City College who served as the lead prosecutor in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, and eventually went on to serve as deputy attorney general under George W. Bush.
2018 Speaker Series Recap:
May 2018 – 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.'
June 2018 – 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.
July 2018 – 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.
August 2018 – 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.
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.
EIGHTEENTH OBSERVANCE - SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
THE FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, FAMILIES OF FLIGHT 93 AND NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION WELCOME THE PUBLIC TO JOIN US FOR THE EIGHTEENTH OBSERVANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019.
The public is invited to gather in remembrance and honor of the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93, as well as all who gave their lives seventeen years ago on September 11, 2001.
The annual observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, 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.
Boston University journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff, will deliver remarks. In 2001, Zuckoff covered the September 11 attack for the Boston Globe and authored eight nonfiction books, including two that focus on September 11. Additional remarks will be made by family member Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93 . Music will be provided by Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Entrance to the memorial will close at sunset on Tuesday, September 10 and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11.
All visitors on the morning of September 11 will park in designated lots and shuttle to and from the event. Accessible buses are available to accommodate wheelchairs. Shuttles will begin running at 6:15 a.m.
The event will be held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate footwear, the ceremony will take place in a field at the Memorial Plaza and requires walking on mown grass and uneven ground. In the event of severe weather, elements of the program are subject to change. For more information on this year’s observance, including weather updates, please visit www.nps.gov/FLNI.
Tower of Voices Dedication
September 11 Observance
2019 Walk 93 - 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 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 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