SHANKSVILLE ― A variety of activities are planned this weekend at the Flight 93 National Memorial as the 22nd anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, are remembered across the nation.
Here’s a list of the activities planned by the National Park Service to commemorate the anniversary.
In the morning, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial will take their annual Heroes’ Walk at the memorial and join in the dedication of the enhanced Western Overlook, where the families of Flight 93’s passengers and crew got their first glimpse of the crash site. Proceeds from the 2022 Heroes’ Walk helped make those improvements at the site.
Members of the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps are to help lead the Heroes’ Walk that day as part of their service to the memorial and the National Day of Service observances over the weekend.
Registration for the Heroes’ Walk is now closed. Donations are still being accepted for the Friends of Flight 93’s current fundraising effort, which will be used to fund the maintenance of the Memorial Groves area at the national memorial. Anyone who wishes to contribute may do so online at flight93friends.org/donate and select “Memorial Groves.”
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“Call to Action” ranger programs are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the flagpole at Memorial Plaza. According to the Flight 93 National Memorial website, this 30-minute program explains what happened on Flight 93, how it ties to the national events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, and shares personal stories about the 40 passengers and crew on Flight 93.
At 2 p.m. it’s “13 Days in September,” a ranger-led walking program that starts at the Visitor Center. This is a one-hour, short walking tour that goes into detail on how the local area and the nation responded after the crash and how the nation and the families of Flight 93 began to learn exactly what happened that day.
At 3 p.m., a park ranger will present a brief “Tower of Voices” talk at the Tower of Voices, explaining how the tower’s unique chimes honor the passengers and crew of Flight 93.
All of these ranger programs are free and open to the public without reservation.
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“13 Days of September” walking program begins at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Center Complex.
“Call to Action” ranger programs take place at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.
“Tower of Voices” ranger program starts at 3 p.m. at the Tower of Voices.
The entrance to the memorial opens at 7 a.m. on Monday and the Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who want to attend Monday’s public events should come at least an hour early and be prepared to walk, as parking is very limited on that day.
The annual “Moment of Remembrance” ceremony honoring the passengers and crew of Flight 93 begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Memorial Plaza. The ceremony can also be viewed live online at the Flight 93 National Memorial YouTube channel.
The ceremony starts with a welcome by Stephen Clark, superintendent of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Students in the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District are to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jacob Miller, a 2003 Shanksville graduate, will read the 40 names on Flight 93 at 10:03 a.m. as Joy Knepp, a retired art teacher from the school district, and Jan Loney, a metalsmith, ring the bells of remembrance.
Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh will present a moment of reflection at the conclusion of the ceremony.
After the program ends, family members of the Flight 93 passengers and crew will have a private wreath-laying ceremony.
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Two public events are planned in the afternoon: The “Call to Action” ranger program starts at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Plaza and the public wreath-laying ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Plaza, near the Wall of Names.
Katie Hostetler, park ranger and public information officer, said the time of the public wreath-laying ceremony was moved to the afternoon to extend the day’s events and allow later visitors and school students the opportunity to participate in the anniversary as well.