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“Action to Honor” Marks 15th Anniversary of
September 11, 2001 in Classrooms across the Country
Shanksville, Pa. – Students and teachers are invited to join a live, distance learning session onFriday, September 9as part of the 15th anniversary observance of September 11, 2001. This educational video conference is made possible through partnership between the National Park Service, Internet2, and the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research. The free, one-hour program will be broadcast live from Flight 93 National Memorial twice so student audiences coast-to-coast have the opportunity to participate.
The distance learning program, Action to Honor is focused on grades 6-12 and goes live at 9:30 a.m. EDT, followed by a second live program at 1 p.m. EDT. Rangers from the National Park Service will explain how the memorial honors the Flight 93 passengers and crew, share their story and explore the symbolism that can be found throughout the site today. Students will have the opportunity to submit questions during interactive 50-minute broadcast. Although the program is free, educators are required to register for the electronic field trip athttps://goo.gl/vRnpvE.
“This program allows memorial staff to reach nationwide and begin relaying the events of 15 years ago to students who may not have even been born,” said Steve Clark, superintendent of Flight 93 National Memorial. “We invite schools worldwide to join in this unique opportunity to connect to a memorial which honors the extraordinary actions of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93.”
In addition to the distance learning programs, the memorial will provide live stream web programming between the broadcasts from9 a.m. until 3 p.m. EDT. For live stream access to the broadcast, users can connect athttp://flight93.internet2.edu/
About the Flight 93 National Memorial
On Sept. 24, 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act which created a new national park to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives to thwart a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visitwww.nps.gov/flni
Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve shared technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, with Internet2 Network Operations Center powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 317 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 42 regional and state education networks, 80 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.
Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visitwww.internet2.eduor follow @Internet2 on Twitter.
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is devoted to fostering collaboration through technology for the community anchor institutions in Pennsylvania. KINBER offers connectivity, technology infrastructure solutions and training and professional development opportunities tailored to support the needs of its members, ranging from libraries and health systems to large university settings. KINBER built and manages the 1,800-mile Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, known as PennREN, which provides advanced data networking to non-profit organizations and fosters collaboration between Pennsylvania-based organizations for value-added services such as Internet2 connectivity, realistic high-definition video, real-time videoconferencing, and data sharing. PennREN access points are now in 51 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties with connections in more than 120 locations over the 1,800-mile network. For more information, visitwww.kinber.orgor follow @KINBER on Twitter.
Public Affairs Staff