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Vice President and Secretary of the Interior to Speak at the Eighteenth Annual September 11 Observance at Flight 93 National Memorial

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Date: September 6, 2019
Contact: Katherine Cordek, 814-233-8764
Contact: Stephanie Loeb, 202-339-1509

Shanksville, Pa. – Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt will deliver remarks at the eighteenth annual September 11 Observance at Flight 93 National Memorial. The memorial honors the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who lost their lives in disrupting the attack on the nation’s capital on September 11, 2001.  

The annual observance will begin at 9:45 am on Wednesday, September 11 at the Memorial Plaza adjacent to the Wall of Names. At 10:03 am –the moment Flight 93 crashed –the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and Bells of Remembrance will be rung in their memory. Participants include:

  • River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Reverend Paul Britton, Families of Flight 93
  • Gordon Felt, President of Families of Flight 93
  • Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11
  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt
  • Vice President Mike Pence

Entrance to the memorial will close at sunset on Tuesday, September 10 and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11. The observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11 on the Memorial Plaza. The public is invited to attend the hour-long observance and encouraged to arrive at least ninety minutes prior to the ceremony. The Flight 93 Visitor Center will be closed during the ceremony and will open at noon.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to allow ample time for parking, the shuttle ride, and to go through security. No backpacks or umbrellas are permitted. Signage and staff will direct visitors to parking areas. Accessible buses are available to accommodate wheelchairs. Shuttles will begin running at 6:15 a.m. Follow signs from the entrance to the memorial at 6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA.

The event will be held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate footwear as the ceremony will take place in a field and requires walking on mown grass and uneven ground. In the event of severe weather, elements of the program are subject to change. Learn more about this year’s observance, including weather updates.


About Flight 93 National Memorial On Sept. 24, 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting 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 members. For more information about Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit

Last updated: September 6, 2019

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