Flight 93 Memorial Dedication Dignitaries Announced

Thursday, September 01, 2011

(Washington, D.C.) – The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced today that President George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the September 10 dedication ceremony of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

President Bush and Vice President Biden, who was previously announced, will join Flight 93 family members and friends, special guests and dignitaries including former First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, among others. Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan will perform at the ceremony.

Above all, the anniversary of 9/11 is a day to remember those we lost, and to stand with their families and loved ones. The Flight 93 Memorial dedication event will pay tribute to the lives of those who were taken from us on 9/11, and reaffirm that their legacy is a safer, stronger, and resilient America. As we remember those who were lost on 9/11, we also honor all victims of terrorism, including those who have been targeted by al Qaeda and other groups around the globe.

Through a partnership between National Park Foundation and HISTORY, the dedication will be broadcast LIVE beginning at 12:30pm ET/ 9:30am PT on www.Flight93Dedication.org and at history.com/flight93. Additional media details will be released in the coming days. In addition to the dedication ceremony, the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks will be observed at the Flight 93 National Memorial on the morning of September 11, 2011, beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. The memorial service will take place at the newly-opened memorial plaza surrounding the site where Flight 93 crashed at 10:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001. Both the dedication event and anniversary ceremony are open to the public.

For complete information about these events, and to find additional information for members of the media, visit www.Flight93Dedication.org. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, including how to support its completion, visit www.honorflight93.org.

ABOUT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL

On Sept. 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 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni. For information on how to make a donation and help build the memorial, go to www.honorflight93.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 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.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us at www.nationalparks.org.

ABOUT HISTORY®

HISTORY® and HISTORY® HD are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax Men, American Restoration, Ice Road Truckers, Top Gear, Pawn Stars and Top Shot, as well as acclaimed specials including Gettysburg, America the Story of Us, WWII in HD, 102 Minutes That Changed America and Life After People. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, seven Primetime Emmy® Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's signature initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at www.history.com, is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics. For more information go to www.historypressroom.com.

Marjorie Hall
Director, Communications
National Park Foundation
1201 Eye Street, NW Suite 550B
Washington, DC 20005
Direct:  202-354-6480
mhall@nationalparks.org