Special Uses and Events

Special events may be permitted by the Superintendent when there is a meaningful association between the memorial and the event, and the event will contribute to visitor understanding of the memorial's significance. Individual requests for a special use permit will be reviewed and evaluated by the Superintendent.

If you are planning a special event or ceremony at Flight 93 National Memorial, you will need to submit an application.

Download a Special Use Permit Application-(PDF-116 KB)

You can also e-mail, or call the Special Use Permit Coordinator at 814 893-6548.

Mailing Address for Permit Applications:

Attn: Special Use Permit Coordinator
Flight 93 National Memorial
P.O.Box 911
Shanksville, PA 15560

What is a special use?

A special use is a short-term activity that:

  • provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large;
  • requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service in order to protect memorial resources and the public interest;
  • is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  • is not initiated, sponsored or conducted by the National Park Service;and
  • is not managed under a National Park Service concession contract, a recreation activity for which the National Park Service charges a fee or a lease.

Wreath Laying

Wreath laying ceremonies are approved through the Special Use permit process. These permits are free and no fee is necessary for a wreath laying permit application. Please download the Special Use Permit Application and submit to the Special Use Permit Coordinator. No fee should be submitted with the application for a wreath laying. The designated wreath laying area is located next to the flagpole on the Memorial Plaza.

Commercial Filming and/or Photography

Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit. Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. It does not include news coverage or visitor use. Permits are not required for visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for personal use, and they are not required for film or video news crews at breaking news events.

Sharing the Memorial- A filming or photography permit does not give exclusive rights to the permittee or allow the permittee to restrict visitors from any location. Normal visitor use patterns will not be interrupted for longer than five minutes, and only as specified in the approved permit. Filming or photography permit activities may not occur simultaneously with other permitted activities unless authorized by the NPS, or unduly conflict with scheduled park activities such as interpretive presentations. Visitors will be allowed to observe filming activities.

Commercial Filming/Photography permits are provided on an individual basis and there is a $50.00 non-refundable application processing fee per permit.

Download an Application for Commercial Filming/Still Photography (PDF-160 KB)

For questions about commercial filming/photography permits, call the Special Use Permit Coordinator at 814 893-6548 or contact via e-mail.


Special Note for applications involving any natural or cultural resource disturbance
Special Use Permit applications involving any natural or cultural resource disturbance must provide a location map and Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Environmental Review(PNDI) receipt for Threatened and Endangered Species. The park is responsible for completing NEPA and Section 106 reviews and the applicant should allow adequate time for those reviews to take place after the permit application has been received by the Park staff. For more information contact Special Use Permit Coordinator at 814 893-6548 or via email.

Last updated: November 2, 2020

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 911
Shanksville, PA 15560


(814) 893-6322

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