September 11 Observance

General Information

The National Park Service, along with the Families of Flight 93, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and the National Park Foundation, will host the Seventeenth Anniversary Observance on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9:45 am.

Due to security measures, the park will not open to the public until 7:00 am on September 11, 2018.

The following event will take place outdoors, and will be held rain or shine. 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 17th Annual September 11 Observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11 at the Flight 93 Visitor Center. 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.

President Donald J. Trump will deliver remarks during the observance ceremony on September 11 at Flight 93 National Memorial. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who served as a US Navy SEAL in the Global War on Terror, will also speak at the ceremony.

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
Glass, thermal, or metal containers
Laser Pointers
Mace/Pepper Spray
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, 2018, from public parking areas to the Visitor Center from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. For the Anniversary Observance, the public should park in the large public parking area. Access to other park sites will be limited during the program.
Download this map for parking and shuttle locations.

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. Seating for the memorial service on the 11th will be available.


  • Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America

  • Secretary Ryan Zinke, U.S. Department of the Interior

  • The Honorable Tom Wolf, 47th and current Governor of Pennsylvania

  • The Honorable Mark Schweiker, 44th Governor of Pennsylvania

  • Gordon Felt, President of the Families of Flight 93

  • Reverend Paul Britton, brother of Marion R. Britton

  • United States Navy Brass Quintet

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.


The Seventeenth Anniversary Observance will be held at the Flight 93 Visitor Center. The open air service will include brief remarks, special music, reading of the names of the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93, ringing of the Bells of Remembrance and a wreath laying at the Wall of Names.

Tower of Voices Project Description
Learn more about the Tower's design, features, surrounding landscape, and hear a simulation of the chimes.

Last updated: November 13, 2018

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