September 11, 2012 Observance - Schedule and Special Programing
Contact: Mike Litterst, 202-306-4166
Flight 93 National Memorial September 11 Commemoration
~ Four Days of Special Programs feature Commemorative Ceremonies, Panel Discussions and Luminary Lighting ~
~ FBI Investigators, Media Who Covered the Crash Return to Tell Their Stories ~
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - Flight 93 National Memorial will honor the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 on the 11th anniversary of September 11th with four days of special programs, culminating in the annual observance on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
Among the offerings is the "Learning Center Without Walls," a series of panel discussions that will explore the events of September 11, 2001 from several different perspectives, including children who experienced the event; media coverage of the Flight 93 crash; the FBI Flight 93 investigation and recovery teams; and those who were in the U.S. Capitol, the terrorists' intended target, on 9/11. The "Learning Center Without Walls" takes place on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (additional information below).
The September 11 Observance begins at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11 at the Memorial Plaza. At 10:03 a.m. - the moment Flight 93 crashed - the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and Bells of Remembrance will be rung by members of the Families of Flight 93 and community members who assisted in the aftermath of 9/11. The ceremony will also include a wreath laying at the Wall of Names. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. No backpacks or large bags are permitted. There will be no seating available for the approximately 30-minute ceremony, although guests are permitted to bring their own chairs.
Schedule of Special Activities
Saturday, September 8, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tribute Events
1 p.m. "9/11 and the Next Generation"
3 p.m. "Dispatches from Shanksville: Journalists Remember Flight 93" Television, newspaper, and radio journalists will discuss their experiences in writing and broadcasting the first drafts of history in the days, weeks, and months following September 11, 2001. A "Learning Center Without Walls" program whose panelists include: ·
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tribute Events
1 p.m. "The Criminal Investigation: Searching for Evidence at the Flight 93 Crash Site" In this "Learning Center Without Walls" program, members of the FBI investigation and recovery teams will describe their work at the crash site and the importance of what was recovered. Panelist include: ·
3 p.m. "A Grateful Nation: Stories from the U.S. Capitol"
Monday, September 10, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. September 11 Observance
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Interpretive Programs
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tribute Events
If You Go
Flight 93 National Memorial is a tribute to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and is a place to explore and discover their inspiring story of courage and hope. A 3.5 mile scenic drive leads visitors from the entrance at US Route 30 to the Memorial Plaza at the crash site where visitors may view panels in an outdoor exhibit area and learn more through cell phone tours; talk with Park Rangers and volunteer Ambassadors; participate in interpretive programs; view the field where Flight 93 crashed, which is the final resting place of the passengers and crew; and walk along the Wall of Names.
Five million dollars in private funds remain to be raised in order to complete the Memorial's design features. Future plans include a Visitor Center Complex that will more fully tell the story of Flight 93. Forty Memorial Groves of trees will be planted and a tower with forty wind chimes will be located at the entrance to the memorial. For more information on the fundraising campaign, go to www.honorflight93.org.
Flight 93 National Memorial is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last entry at 6:30) from April 1 to the second Sunday in October; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30) from the second Monday in October to March 31. See the special hours listed above for the September 11 Observance. There is never an admission fee. Flight 93 National Memorial is located 20 miles northeast of Somerset and 24 miles west of Bedford; the entrance is located at 6424 Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30) in Stoystown, PA 15564. For further information, visit www.nps.gov/flni or call (814) 893-6322.
About the Flight 93 National Memorial
Did You Know?
In past September 11 ceremonies, first responders, community leaders and recovery workers have participated by ringing the "Bells of Remembrance." The bells ring during the time of the crash, 10:03 AM, while the names of Flight 93 crew and passengers are read aloud.