September 11 Observance

Flowers left in tribute lay at the Wall of Names along the flight path of Flight 93.
Flowers left in tribute lay at the Wall of Names along the flight path of Flight 93.

NPS Photo.


General Information

The National Park Service, along with the Families of Flight 93, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and National Park Foundation will host the Eighteenth Anniversary Observance on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 9:45 am.

The Memorial will open at 6:00 am on September 11, 2019.

The following event will take place outdoors, and will be held rain or shine. The ceremony will take place in a field and requires walking on mown grass and on uneven ground. Dress for the weather with rain gear as needed. Please plan accordingly. In the event of severe weather, elements of the programs are subject to change or cancellation.

The 18th Annual September 11 Observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11 at the Flight 93 Memorial Plaza. At 10:03 a.m. – the moment Flight 93 crashed – the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and the Bells of Remembrance will be rung in their memory. A wreath will then be placed at the Wall of Names.

Prohibited Items
Maintaining your safety is a responsibility we take seriously. There are certain items that will be prohibited from the event grounds including:
Animals other than service/guide animals
Backpacks and bags exceeding 18" x 13" x 7"
Drones & other unmanned aircraft systems
Glass, thermal, or metal containers
Laser Pointers
Mace/Pepper Spray
Portable Chairs
Selfie Sticks
Signs exceeding 20" x 3" x 14" made of anything except cardboard, posterboard, or cloth
Toy guns
Weapons of any kind
Any other items determined to be potential safety hazard
Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to having you at our event.

Arrival and Parking
Arrive via the entrance on US Route 30. Drive along the main road--Approach Road--toward the visitor center. Signs and NPS staff will direct visitors to parking areas. Plan plenty of time to park, catch the shuttle, and arrive on site.
Directions are available here, and maps of the site and area can be found here.

Due to weather conditions and security measures, the park will be unable to accommodate parking large RVs for the Anniversary Observance.

Public shuttles will run on September 11, 2019, from public parking areas to the Memorial Plaza from 6:15 am to 2:30 pm. For the Anniversary Observance, the public should follow directions from staff and signs to to parking areas.

The memorial is an outdoor location and a visit will involve walking. Accessible shuttle buses are available to accommodate wheelchairs for the special events. Limited accessible parking is located in the main parking lot and the Memorial Plaza. The Memorial Plaza and Visitor Center Complex walkways are paved, flat, even, and lined with benches. Limited seating for the memorial service on the 11th will be available.

Program will 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

Small tributes may be left in the niches along the Memorial Plaza and at the wall of names. Large tributes will not be permitted. A wreath laying must be arranged in advance.


Last updated: September 9, 2019

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