SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The nation marks 20 years since September 11, 2001, a tragic day in American history after terrorists attacked New York City, the Pentagon, and even Shanksville, Pennsylvania, claiming thousands of lives.
This year, only invited guests will be allowed in the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County, Pa. This includes roadways surrounding the park and State Routes around the area.
There’s still a way to watch, live, right here with WTAJ.
The observance at Flight 93 began at 9:45 a.m. with a welcome from Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen Clark. Following opening remarks, “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band performed our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
At 10:03 a.m. – the moment Flight 93 crashed – names of the passengers and crew members were read. During this, the Bells of Remembrance were rung in their memory, and a wreath was placed by President Joe Biden at the Wall of Names.
Vice President Kamala Harris, former President George W. Bush, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson attended the Flight 93 observance.
We’ll also Livestream a 9/11 ceremony from the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
Streams will also be available on our Facebook page, so make sure you hit that ‘like’ button to be notified when we go live with all ceremonies. You can also download the WTAJ app to be notified when the streams go live.
On any device, phones, tablets, computers, and even smart TVs with Facebook Watch, we’ll have you covered to honor those we lost on September 11, 2001.
As for the Flight 93 memorial, the park will open to the public at 4 p.m. for anyone wishing to pay their respects.
On Sept. 12, a “Witness to History” speaker series will involve military and civilian air response officials, creators of the memorial and first responders as they recount their experiences on September 11, 2001.
On Sept. 10, there was a Luminaria Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. 40 candle lanterns were placed at the Wall of Names to serve as a moving tribute to the passengers and crew members of Flight 93. It also featured live music from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
On Sept. 11, the memorial site will open after 3 p.m. to the public for an hour-long Memorial Tribute Concert performance by the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra at the Memorial Plaza.
For more information on these programs, head to the Flight 93 National Memorial website.
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