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Annual September 11th Remembrance Begins Today

Flight 93 National Memorial

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The National Park Service and the Families of Flight 93 have completed preparations for the sixth anniversary commemoration of September 11th. Arrangements for this year’s observance will be different from the previous years, and the public is being asked to keep this in mind as they make their plans.

The formal commemorative ceremony is scheduled for this evening at the Somerset Alliance Church, beginning at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. The church seats about 1,000 people – seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is “The Spirit of Community,” a special tribute to area citizens by The Families of Flight 93 and the Flight 93 project partners honoring the many community residents for their unfailing efforts through the years to honor the heroes of Flight 93 and to help the families in their healing process.

Keynote remarks will be delivered by Henry Cook, Somerset Trust, who was a member of the Stage Two Flight 93 National Memorial design competition jury and a longtime key fundraiser for the Memorial.

Other scheduled speakers include Chris Sullivan, former Outback Steakhouse chief executive officer and Flight 93 National Memorial Capital Campaign chairman, and Edwin Root, president of the Families of Flight 93.

Musical selections will be by local groups, and readings will be by Flight 93 family members.

On September 11th, the temporary memorial will be open to the public from dawn to dusk.
The traditional reading of the names of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 and the tolling of the Bells of Remembrance will take place beginning at approximately 9:55 a.m. at the temporary memorial, along with the laying of wreaths. There will be no seating during this ceremony. Parking will be immediately adjacent to the temporary memorial. Handicapped parking is available.


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