Special Events

  • SEPTEMBER 11 OBSERVANCE

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
  • LUMINARIA

  • 20TH COMMEMORATION OF 9/11

    2021
  • PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93

    April 2021
  • WALK 93

  • Volunteer Spotlight

  • National Park Service

    Volunteer Info

September 11 Observance

General Information

The National Park Service, along with the Families of Flight 93, Friends of Flight 93 and National Park Foundation will host the Twentieth Anniversary Observance on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

Please check back for more information. Ceremony speakers and schedule to be announced.

Following the morning’s observance, visitors are welcome to pay their respects to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 at the memorial.

Luminaria

On special occasions, 40 luminaria candle lanterns will be lit and carried by family members, distinguished guests, National Park Service staff and Friends members and placed below the names of each of the passengers and crew members of Flight 93, dramatically illuminating the Wall of Names. This is a respectful tribute and peaceful time to reflect and remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001. The general public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

20th commemoration of 9/11

Remember the Heroes of Flight 93

Do you remember where you were 20 years ago on September 11, 2001? The youth of today have no living memory of that fateful day when America was attacked and the 40 individuals on board United Flight 93 ended the 9/11 attacks.

Flight 93, the story of 40 passenger and crew members who likely saved the lives of Members of Congress, staff and civilians in the U.S. Capitol by fighting back against terrorists who hijacked their plan, thus thwarting the final attack on the United States on 9/11.

As a nation, we made a promise to Never Forget the 40 heroes aboard Flight 93, and today it’s our responsibility to uphold this promise by sharing their story with today’s generation, too young to remember 9/11. We must keep this commitment by educating today’s youth and sharing our memories of 9/11 so that they story of Flight 93 remains relevant, accessible and inspirational to tomorrow’s generation.

Friends of Flight 93 20th Commemoration Activities

  • Education outreach initiatives for today's youth and educators
  • Virtual Speaker Series programs with 9/11 family members, first responders and community members
  • Twentieth Observance at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2001

Activities will be updated as we approach September. Please check back for updates!


share your memory of 9/11

The Friends encourage our supporters to share their stories and memories of September 11 with us so we can continue to educate the next generation with first-person accounts of 9/11 and the story of Flight 93. You may share your story with us on social media by tagging us on Facebook at @Flight93Friends or Twitter @FriendsFlight93

Support the Friends 20th Commemoration Campaign

Individuals, corporations and foundations may support the Friends 20th commemoration campaign with a donation today by visiting 911flight93.org.

PLANT A TREE AT FLIGHT 93 RESUMES APRIL 2021

Plant a Tree at Flight 93 will take place on Friday, April 23 with a select group of forestry professionals and businesses. For a safe, one-day event, reforestation will not be open to the public this year. If you would like to participate in Plant a Tree the public planting will resume next year. 

If you or your company is interested in supporting the Friends and its environmental and education programs, please e-mail info@flight93nationalmemorial.org for sponsorship opportunities.

What is Plant a Tree at Flight 93

Every spring, the Friends of Flight 93, National Park Service and National Park Foundation partner with local sponsors and forestry professionals to host a major reforestation project. Our volunteer tree planters work towards reclaiming the memorial grounds, a former surface mine, as well as assist in creating a living memorial landscape meant to honor the actions of the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93.

Since 2012, volunteers have assited in planting 129,918 native tree seedlings at Flight 93 National Memorial that will grow to create a natural windbreak, improve wildlife habitats, and restore the land to its natural, pre-mining appearance. We look forward to planting native tree seedlings again next year with the goal of planting 150,000 new seedlings by 2021!

The Flight 93 partnership remains very grateful to the volunteers, supporters and conservation partners who make this important program possible each year. We want to thank the following partners whose support will help make this event possible, including: the American Chestnut Foundation, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), Green Forests Work, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Law Enforcement, and DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and individual donors, corporations and foundations. 

Event Partners

We would like to thank the following reforestation sponsors for their generous support for this initiative:

The UPS Foundation, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Hollern Insurance, Irene M. Kent, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Susan Keller, North American Höganäs, Emma Munson Foundation, and Sandra McCurdy.

Orientation Videos

Please visit nps.gov/flni to watch a special Plant a Tree at Flight 93 welcome message, and a safety orientation. 

Walk 93

Walk 93 will be back in 2021!

Participants will come together for a guided Ranger walk along the 2.28 mile Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge, and Western Overlook Trail where they were be able to learn about the story of Flight 93 along the way. Walk 93 is a way to celebrate our national park and stewardship to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93. All participants are welcome, and families are encouraged to walk together.

This public walk helps raise awareness about Flight 93 National Memorial as a place to honor the passengers and crew whose actions prevented an attack on our nation’s capital on September 11, 2001.

  • Adults ages 18 and older - $25
  • Youth ages 13-17 - $12
  • Children ages 12 and under - FREE

Check back for our special 20th commemoration Walk 93 plans and announcement on registration! 

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

We want to showcase you, our volunteers! 

Did you know Flight 93 National Memorial had over 500 volunteers in the park this year? With so many people supporting the memorial, we understand it’s hard to meet everyone and really get to know other volunteers. That’s why we want to showcase you and your efforts toward the park!

The Friends will spotlight a different volunteer on our social media channels and quarterly in the Friends e-newsletter when we have stories to share. Over time, you’ll get to meet volunteers from the park service, Friends of Flight 93, or find out who volunteers for both organizations! Our volunteer base is the core of this park and we believe you deserve recognition for the time you give so selflessly. 

Interested in submitting your story? The volunteer spotlight is an easy form that asks a couple questions to get to know you better and understand why you volunteer at Flight 93 National Memorial. If you already volunteer and would like to participate today, please submit your spotlight so that we may show the communities and our followers all that volunteers do to support Flight 93. 

National Park Service Volunteer Opportunities

The National Park Service seeks volunteers in several areas at Flight 93 National Memorial including:

  • Plaza Greeters
  • Children's Discovery Table
  • Ambassadors
  • Oral History
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Administration

Learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities at Flight 93 National Memorial.