Join the Friends of Flight 93 and the National Park Service in honoring the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 this September 10-11 for the 15th Remembrance of September 11, 2001. Memorial events will include a Luminaria ceremony on the evening of September 10, with a memorial service the morning of September 11. The new Visitors Center and Learning Center will be open extended hours, with Ranger led programming taking place throughout the Memorial over the 2 day events.
Every year, an array of 40 candle lanterns is placed at the Wall of Names, honoring the passengers and crew of Flight 93 serving as both a silent and moving tribute to the 40 heroes, and to honor the total and tragic loss of life in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
During the memorial service on the 11th, the names of the passengers and crew members are read and Bells of Remembrance are rung in their memory.
On September 11, 2001 four commercial airliners were hijacked in a planned attack against the United States. Two jet liners were flown into the World Trade Center Twin Towers and a third aircraft into the Pentagon. A fourth aircraft, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania in the Laurel Highlands.
The 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 had time to realize that this was unlike any previous hijacking, and they developed a plan to try to take back the plane and not let it reach its intended target, Washington, DC. They succeeded in this effort, but, unfortunately, lost their lives.
Congress acted swiftly to authorize a national memorial to commemorate the brave actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93. A unique partnership was formed that brought together State and Federal agencies, the local communities, families of the passengers and crew, and the American people in creating a memorial to honor the 40 heroes on board Flight 93.
For more information on the 15th Remembrance events, please visit www.nps.gov/FLNI