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 458thEngineering Battalion and the 443rdEngineering 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.