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    Flight 93

    National Memorial Pennsylvania

September 11, 2012 Observance Media Coverage Procedures

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Date: September 6, 2012
Contact: Mike Litterst, 202-306-4166

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2012
Contact: Mike Litterst, National Park Service, 202-306-4166 

                                                                        Media Advisory 

                    Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service Coverage Procedures

WHAT: Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service The 11th Commemorative Memorial Service will start at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11 and will last for approximately one hour. This start time was chosen to commemorate the time period during which the passengers and crew took action on the plane to interrupt the hijacking and alter the terrorists' plan. Musical tributes, wreath laying, and additional activities will continue through the afternoon.

WHEN: 11th Commemorative Service - Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Access times are still to be determined, and will be communicated in a follow-up technical advisory.

Transmission trucks MUST be in place no later than 10:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10.

WHERE: Flight 93 National Memorial 
              628 Lincoln Highway 
              Stoystown, PA 15563

Credentials are required for this event and must be displayed at all times during the commemorative events held at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 8-11, 2012. For a full schedule of events, visit: http://www.nps.gov/flni/planyourvisit/september-11-observance-schedule-of-events.htm

Credentials will be available for pickup beginning on Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Flight 93 National Memorial. One person per media outlet may pick up the media credentials for everyone at their media organization, however all media personnel must display their outlet-issued credentials with the event credential while on-site.

Transmission Trucks
Parking for transmission trucks will be available off of Lambertsville Road (State Route 1007), approximately 3 miles south of U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway). Turn off U.S. 30 at Highland Tank Manufacturing, and follow signs from Lambertsville Road to the entrance, which is just south of Skyline Road. For GPS units, use the address 1060 Lambertsville Road, Stoystown, Pa.

Support Vehicles
Media outlet passenger and support vehicles will park at the site of the former temporary memorial, off of Lambertsville Road (State Route 1007), approximately 3 miles south of U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway). Turn off U.S. 30 at Highland Tank Manufacturing, and follow signs from Lambertsville Road to the entrance, which is just south of Skyline Road. For GPS units, use the address 1060 Lambertsville Road, Stoystown, Pa.

CHECK IN: Media check-in and distribution of credentials will take place on-site, at the site of the former temporary memorial at the media parking area. Credentials will be distributed at the following times:

Friday, September 7: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 8: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, September 9: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday, September 10: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

ACCESS TIMES: Media will have access to the memorial during all public access hours (9 a.m. - 9 p.m. from Saturday, September 8 through Tuesday, September 11). Television stations wishing to conduct live broadcasts before or after access hours, are requested to e-mail their request to e-mail us. Include date and time of broadcast, as well as arrival and departure times.

MEDIA ACCESS: A dedicated, secure media area will be established, providing transmission truck parking, an area for stand-ups, and a media riser for use during the ceremonies. All media must remain inside the media area during the commemorative ceremony on September 11, but are free to move around the public area and interact with visitors during the remainder of the weekend. Due to expected heavy visitation and the memorial, commemorative nature of the weekend, video cameras will only be permitted within the memorial plaza area and at the Wall of Names before 11:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. each day.

Media Platform
For the commemorative ceremony on September 11, a two-tiered media platform will be available for video and still cameras. You will need to show your media credential, at all times, to access the media platform. If the number of outlets requesting credentials for this event exceeds available positions on the media platform, space will be allocated in the order in which credential requests were received. Those receiving positions will be given riser passes with their event credentials.

Standup positions are available from an elevated position overlooking the memorial.

Media Seating
Reserved, marked space for print and radio reporters is available behind the media riser.

Pool feed - Local affiliate WTAJ will be providing a feed with both head on and cut angles for the ceremony on Tuesday, September 11. Technical details will follow.

Mult-box - There will be a mult-box for radio/television crews to access the podium microphone; wireless plug-ins to the box will not be permitted.

Power - Power is not available at the site.

Filing area - There is little in the way of infrastructure at the memorial and media filing areas will not be provided. Likewise, wi-fi is not available on site.

Telephone lines - Telephone/cable lines are available from Verizon. Outlets are responsible for making their own arrangements. Contact Terry Metzger with Verizon at (814) 443-1651 or terry.metzger@verizon.com

If the number of outlets requesting transmission trucks for this event exceeds the available parking space at the site of the memorial, space will be allotted based on order in which requests were received. Overflow parking will be provided, but at a distance that will preclude live broadcast within view of the memorial. A pool feed will be available.

All satellite trucks must be parked no later than 10:00 p.m. on September 9, 2011, the day before the dedication event. Trucks will be double-parked in assigned spaces in order to allow as many outlets as possible.

Average distance is 400 feet, however, this run could be 500+ feet depending on the exact assigned parking location and platform you choose to use. The above calculations includes slack in the cable. Please be prepared to cover your cables, in case the cable must cross a pedestrian pathway. You will be responsible for securing and ensuring the safety of your cables.

THROW: 100 feet

Officials from the National Park Service, Families of Flight 93 and the National Park Foundation will provide an update on the next phase of development of Flight 93 Memorial National Memorial at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 7. Topics will include design, construction, administration and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Officials will also be available for interviews following the update. The update will take place in the tent at the site of the future visitor center.

CONTACT: For additional information about media coverage procedures for the Flight 93 National Memorial dedication and anniversary events, contact:

Mike Litterst
National Park Service
(202) 306-4166
e-mail us 

                                         NOTE: Information contained in this advisory is subject to change. 

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