SHANKSVILLE, PA – On Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m., the public is invited to attend a trail dedication at Flight 93 National Memorial at the Memorial Plaza. The National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial will dedicate a trail that enables visitors an opportunity to return to the site of the temporary memorial. The dedication will include remarks from several Flight 93 family members and other key partners who were instrumental in the completion of the trail. Immediately following the dedication, everyone will be invited to hike the Trail of Remembrance along with family members, National Park Service Rangers, and other key stakeholders.
The Trail of Remembrance follows part of the former Skyline Road and is accessible from the Memorial Plaza. “The trail provides a place for visitors to reflect on how the memorial has changed over the years and a sense of how a community and a country came together after September 11, 2001,” said Flight 93 Spokeswoman Katherine Cordek. Following the crash of Flight 93, a temporary memorial was erected on November 2, 2001, along Skyline Road for visitors to view the crash site and final resting place of the passengers and crew members to remember them. Over several years, the temporary memorial was a place where visitors from around the world came to honor the passengers and crew members while work continued to complete the permanent memorial. The National Park Service, in partnership with the 458th Engineering Battalion and the 443rd Engineering Detachment of the US Army Reserve started construction this summer on the half-mile trail.
The Friends of Flight 93 played an important role in raising funds to support the trail including the 2017 Walk 93 event. Without the support of the following sponsors, The Trail of Remembrance could not have been possible: Old Joe Club Charities, AK Steel Corporation, Global Incorporated, Somerset Community Hospital, Somerset Trust Company, and Terry L. Butler.
ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Established in 2009, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is the official nonprofit partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends’ aim is to inform, honor and pay tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 by supporting the Memorial with volunteers and resources. The Friends’ mission is to focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship. To learn more about the Friends, make a donation to support the memorial, or become a member visit www.Flight93Friends.org.
ABOUT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is located near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about Flight 93 National Memorial, visit www.nps.gov/flni.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
More than 22,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.