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September 11 - Pennsylvania Remembers
Anniversary Commemorations in Pittsburgh, Shanksville and Western PA
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By Kimberly Powell

The small, sleepy town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, is about as remote a place as you could find in the country to be a part of what happened on September 11, 2001. Yet Shanksville -- population 260, and located two miles from the crash site of United Flight 93 and about 80 miles from Pittsburgh -- is now forever a part of American history. The residents, many of whom actually felt the impact of the plane hitting the ground, have drawn together and vowed to make sure the world remembers the heroes who sacrificed their lives on Flight 93 to save our nation. A team of local volunteer "ambassadors," led by Donna Glessner take turns standing watch at the temporary memorial site, answering questions from the 1000+ people who come to visit the site each week. They have been doing this almost a year now, for no other purpose than to make sure people have accurate information - to make sure the story of Flight 93 and its heroes is preserved and remembered. More Shanksville area volunteerism comes in the form of Somerset County Historical Center members, headed up by curator, Barbara Black. The center has collected thousands of objects -- everything from original paintings to wedding rings -- which friends, family, and other visitors have left at the chain-link fence that serves as temporary memorial for Flight 93. They have spent hundreds of volunteer hours collecting, cataloging, and preserving these items for the day when there is finally a permanent memorial built on the site. "It's more than just a place where a plane went down," Black said. "It's about who we are as a nation, how we are perceived by other nations, what we need to do to get along with other nations. We should heal, but we should never forget."

The small town of Shanksville, which has embraced all of America with open arms, is now planning a number of special memorial events to mark the one-year anniversary of September 11 and the crash of United Flight 93. Over 500 family and friends of the Flight 93 heroes are expected to be in attendance, along with local and national politicians and dignitaries. Other September 11 memorials, concerts, and services will be held throughout Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. Most September 11 memorial events are open to the public.

September 11 Anniversary Events

September 11, 2002 ~ 7:00AM
Community Prayer Breakfast

$5.00 per person/Breakfast Buffet
Hoss's Steak & Sea House Restaurant
1222 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA
Community Praise and Worship Prayer Breakfast. Open to the public. Further details to be announced. For additional information contact David McCall 814-445-9520.

September 11, 2002 ~ 7-8:30PM
Community Memorial Concert

Somerset Alliance Church
Rte 281 N.,Stoystown Road
Somerset, PA
A community memorial concert featuring traditional church hymns, patriotic songs and several original arrangements will be held the evening of September 11, 2002. The concert will include performances by the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (40-member chamber orchestra) under the direction of Istvan Jaray. The program will also include performances by the Laurel Highlands Chorale (55-member group from Somerset County) and Seasoned Grace, a new vocal musical group that will make its debut. The group is comprised of vocalists Larry Weber, Judy Chenoweth, Kenneth Merchant and Danny Connor. Pianist Nancy Messner and keyboard artists Shane Ivy accompany the group. Admission to the concert will be offered to the public through reserved tickets in a plan yet to be announced. For additional information contact Larry Weber 814-267-4694.

September 11, 2002 ~ To Be Announced-Approximate start time 9:30 AM
1st Anniversary Memorial Service - "A Time for Honor and Hope"

Open to the Public
Near Temporary Memorial Site on Skyline Road
Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, PA
(814) 445-1408
Further information to come as details are finalized.

September 11, 2002 ~ 7:30 PM
A Concert for Heroes: Mahler's

$50.00 All Tickets
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Pittsburgh, PA
This special memorial concert pays tribute to the many heroes of September 11, 2001, expressing grief, hope, and triumph through Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor known as the "Resurrection" symphony. Net proceeds benefit the Somerset County Flight 93 Memorial Fund.

September 11, 2002 ~ 8:30 AM
Boulevard of Heroes Station

Shanksville Post Office
Shanksville, PA 15560
Opening Ceremony of the Boulevard of Heroes Station, a temporary pictorial cancellation station, commemorating the first annual memorial observance for the heroes of Flight 93. There will be a very short program followed by a small outdoor reception. 8:30 AM- Raising of the American Flag by local Girl Scout Troop; Singing of the National Anthem by Postmaster Nancy Isenberg; Introduction of dignitaries; Presentation of the framed Heroes stamp pane and enlargement to Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department; Speech; Closing; Reception. Contact: P. Janine Konieczny, Postmaster, P. O. Box 9998, Shanksville, PA 15560-9998 for further details.


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