September 11 Observance

Candles in a row along white marble wall
The annual luminaria is a beautiful time to visit the Memorial Wall.

Photo by Chuck Wagner, NPS Volunteer.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Location: Memorial Plaza.

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm.

Fee: Free and open to the public.

Forty candle lanterns will be carried to the Wall of Names and placed below the names of each of the passengers and crew members of Flight 93. The memorial will have special late hours on this evening only. The memorial closes at 10:00 pm. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

Please plan for inclement and changeable weather.

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a park ranger salutes during program
A Park Ranger salutes during taps at the 2015 Annual Observance.

National Park Service

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11 Observance Ceremony

Visitor Center Complex.
Time: Observance begins at 9:45 and will last for approximately one hour
Free and open to the public.

The Fifteenth Anniversary Observance will be held adjacent to the 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, and ringing of the Bells of Remembrance.

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a person stands looking out at a grassy field by open gate
Standing at the gate next to the wall of names.

National Park Service

Gate Opening Ceremony

Location: Wall of Names at Memorial Plaza
Time: 12:45pm

Free and open to the public.

At 12:45 p.m., there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Wall of Names on the memorial plaza with the Families of Flight 93, memorial officials, and dignitaries. At the conclusion of the wreath laying, the ceremonial gate to the crash site will be opened and family members will walk out to the crash site.


General Information

These are outdoor events, and will be held rain or shine. Please plan accordingly. In the event of severe weather, elements of the programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Arrival and Parking
Arrive via the entrance on US Route 30. Signs will direct visitors to parking areas.
Directions and maps are available here.

The memorial is an outdoor location and walking will be involved with a visit. Accessible buses arre available to accommodate wheelchairs. 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 the memorial service on the 11th will be available.

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 10, 2016

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