Flight 93 National Memorial: Teaching Classrooms Across America

Attention teachers and students across America! You’re invited to virtually participate in the annual ‘Moment of Remembrance’ at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. As part of this year’s September 11 memorial ceremony, even more classroom learning opportunities are being offered. This is part of the “Teach to Remember 9/11” initiative.

Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen M. Clark invites classrooms to join this National Day of Learning, emphasizing the significance of understanding September 11, 2001. The campaign aims to provide educators with increased access to the memorial and resources for teaching about this historic day. Education about 9/11 grows more crucial each year, according to Jack Grandcolas, husband of Flight 93 passenger Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas.

National Day of Learning

Beginning September 11, 2023, the National Park Service and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial will coordinate a National Day of Learning. Teachers can now register for this virtual learning experience. The educational sessions, available through Fall 2023, include videos featuring family members of Flight 93 passengers and crew, a virtual memorial tour, and an opportunity for students to investigate the events of Flight 93. Students can participate in a 9/11 national writing project through the National Writing Project.

The public ceremony will begin at 9:50 a.m. on September 11 at the Memorial Plaza. Then, at 10:03, the passengers and crew members’ names will be read in their honor. This coincides with the 10:03 a.m. time when Flight 93 crashed. You can view the observance live on the Flight 93 National Memorial YouTube page. Additionally, a wreath-laying ceremony is planned for 2:00 p.m. on the Memorial Plaza near the Wall of Names.

Additional Information for this Day of Remembrance

The memorial will open at 7:00 a.m., and visitors are advised to arrive early. Accessible buses are available for wheelchair users. Wear suitable footwear, as the ceremony site involves grass and uneven terrain. Programs are rain or shine, and in severe weather, program details may change. For further details and updates, visit the observance information page. The Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 11, with all programming free and open to the public.

For more about the National Day of Learning, visit the Teach to Remember – Flight 93 National Memorial page. Media can participate through live streams or by requesting credentials for in-person attendance.

This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on September 5, 2023. You can read the original release here.

Flight 93 National Memorial

This solemn place commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of those on Flight 93 during the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As you explore this serene landscape, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the Field of Honor, a vast expanse of land where Flight 93 crashed, as a symbol of the courage that unfolded here.

The Memorial Plaza stands as a testament to unity and resilience. It’s a place where the Wall of Names holds the memories of those who stood strong in the face of adversity. The public ceremony at 9:50 am on September 11 honors these heroes, and at 10:03 am, as Flight 93 crashed, the reading of names marks a moment of profound respect.

Delve into the Visitor Center, open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Here, you will discover exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of that fateful day. Gain insights into the bravery of passengers and crew members who selflessly acted to prevent further tragedy.

The wreath-laying ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on the Memorial Plaza provides a poignant tribute to these courageous souls. As you stand near the Wall of Names, you’ll feel a sense of reverence and appreciation for their sacrifices.

The Flight 93 National Memorial isn’t just a place of remembrance; it’s a living testament to the indomitable spirit of humanity. It’s a place where history is etched into the landscape and where you can pay your respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good.

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