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Shanksville, Pa.– The Department of the Interior announced today that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Shanksville, Pa. to participate in the groundbreaking of the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex onTuesday, September 10, and to deliver remarks at the annual September 11thobservance at the memorial the following day. The memorial honors the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who lost their lives in disrupting the attack on the nation’s capital on September 11, 2001. In addition to Secretary Jewell, remarks will be delivered during the ceremony by Dr. Brent Glass, member of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission and former director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History; Gordon Felt, President of the Families of Flight 93; and Flight 93 National Memorial superintendent Jeff Reinbold.
The public is invited to attend both the groundbreaking onSeptember 10and theSeptember 11observance. The groundbreaking will take place onTuesday, September 10 at 3 p.m.at the site of the visitor center complex, located along the Ring Road leading to the Memorial Plaza (follow signs from the entrance to the Memorial at 6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, Pa.). Following brief remarks, the public will be asked to assist in the staking of the Visitor Center walls by helping tap in surveyor stakes that will form an outline of the new complex.
The annualSeptember 11observance begins at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11 at the Memorial Plaza. Visitors are advised to arrive at least one hour early to park and take the shuttle to the Memorial Plaza.The site will open at 7:00 a.m. No backpacks or large bags are permitted. There will be no seating available for the approximately hour-long ceremony, although guests are permitted to bring their own chairs.
At10:03 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 crew members of the USS Somerset, the Navy’s newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, named in honor of the passengers and crew of Flight 93. The ceremony will also include a wreath laying at the Wall of Names.
About the Memorial
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.