Presented by Somerset Trust Company, the summer-long Flight 93 National Memorial Speaker Series is back for a second year!
May 19-20 - Dennis Dirkmaat, Chair of Applied Forensic Services at Mercyhurst University & worked on site at Flight 93 in September 2001 and Wally Miller, Somerset County coroner, who oversaw the crash site and helped family members organize the “Families of Flight 93.”
June 16-17- Lorne Lyles, a Flight 93 family member who received a phone call from the hijacked plane on September 11, 2001. Lorne’s wife, CeeCee Ross Lyles, was a flight attendant on Flight 93. In the flight’s final minutes, with hijackers in control of the plane, CeeCee called Lorne at their home in Florida to express her love, and inform him that passengers were mounting a counter-attack and attempting to break into the cockpit.
July 21-22 - Tim Lambert, who owned land at the crash site, and Dennis Roddy, who covered the Flight 93 story for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will give their unique perspectives on the event and its aftermath. Lambert and his family owned the hemlock trees that are such a prominent part of the memorial’s story; he also is a Harrisburg-based radio reporter who reported from the site. Roddy wrote and helped to oversee much of the Post-Gazette’s award-winning coverage.
August 18-19 - Cleveland-based air traffic controller John Werth, who monitored Flight 93 when it crossed into Ohio, and was the first person on the ground to realize that the flight had been hijacked, will be the featured speaker. He will be joined by Mal Fuller, who oversaw the air traffic control tower in nearby Pittsburgh. Fuller has been a board member of the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.
Programs will run Saturdays at 12pm and 2pm, and Sundays at 1pm in the Learning Center.