Friday, April 14, 2017

Volunteers Still Needed For ‘Plant a Tree at Flight 93’

Friends of Fort Necessity Looking for New Members

Come join the Friends of Fort Necessity at their next meeting on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The organization is looking for new members to help in upcoming projects and programs.  The group was created five years ago and recently acquired its 501(c)3 status as a not for profit to assist in the development and preservation of Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

Among their successes to date:  living history programming in the historic Mount Washington Tavern during the National Road Festival in May, grant writing for exhibits and a special event for the fall. Rumor has it that Edgar Allan Poe will be visiting western Pennsylvania in October.  The meeting will highlight present and future projects including work on restoration of the Great Meadows battlefield and recent archaeological discoveries.

The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the park visitor center. Light refreshments will be available.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield preserves the site and tells the story of the first campaign and battle of the French & Indian War. The visitor center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the park grounds open daily sunrise to sunset; park entrance and activities are free.  Come join the Friends Group on April 22 and take an active part in protecting your national parks. Annual membership fee to the Friends Group is $10.

For more information on the Friends of Fort Necessity, email, or follow FriendsofFortNecessity on Facebook.  For additional park information call Fort Necessity National Battlefield at 724-329-5811 or visit
Fort Necessity is located 11 miles east of Uniontown on Route 40, the National Road.

Volunteers are still needed for “Plant a Tree at Flight 93,” a unique annual initiative designed to create a living memorial landscape at Flight 93 National Memorial. This year’s “Plant a Tree” event will take place on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20.  Volunteers from the general public and local businesses will be on hand to plant more than 11,000 seedlings across 17 acres of the memorial  grounds.

“This is one of our most important annual events at the Memorial, and it’s a tremendous opportunity for volunteers to make a lasting contribution to future generations of visitors,” said Henry Scully, Executive Director of the Friends of Flight 93. “It’s also a way for all of us to come together and honor the sacrifice of the 40 Heroes of Flight 93.”

Now in its sixth year, “Plant a Tree,” is a massive reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at the site as part of the Memorial’s design. The program is a joint effort of the National Park Service (NPS), the National Park Foundation and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

Local businesses and organizations are already committed to providing more than 150 volunteers on Friday and Saturday, but volunteers from the general public are still needed to assist with planting duties, Scully said. Approximately 50  additional volunteers are needed each day, with tree-planting taking place from 9 a.m. into the early afternoon . Those interested must pre-register online at nt-a-tree-registration/ (first-come, first-serve) and be at least 14 years of age. This is a rain-or-shine event.

To date, volunteers have assisted with planting 101,358 tree seedlings over 145 acres at Flight 93 National Memorial.  These trees will help to re-establish woodland wildlife habitats on the former surface coal mine land, and create an essential windbreak to the Memorial Groves that are part of the memorial landscape.  Teams will work under the guidance of tree-planting experts again this year to take us one step closer to reaching the goal of 150,000 planted trees.

Many sponsors come together to make this initiative possible, including FedEx Ground, MetLife,  S&T Bank, REI, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and Simpson & McCrady. The UPS Foundation returns as a partner for the sixth year.  The UPS Foundation has contributed over $1.2 million to Flight 93 National Memorial over the past six years. Rosebud Mining Company also returns to provide in-kind services to break up heavily compacted soil and promote tree growth. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and should be directed to Scully at

The memorial will  be open to the public during regular visiting hours during the event, with park grounds open sunrise to sunset, and the Visitor Center open starting at 9 a.m.  Additionally, the NPS will host a Children’s Discovery Table in the Learning Center on both days for families to learn more about reforestation and the role trees play around the memorial.

ABOUT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL                                                                                                  Flight 93 National Memorial is a National Park Service site that commemorates the passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. For more information on Flight 93 National Memorial visit

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.  The National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards.  Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL                                        
Established in 2009, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is the official nonprofit partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends’ aim is to inform, honor and pay tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 by supporting the Memorial with volunteers and resources. The Friends’ mission is to focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship. To learn more about the Friends, make a donation to support the memorial, or become a member visit

National Park Service Remembers “The First World War” at Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Farmington

One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson asked for and received from Congress a declaration of war against the German Empire, a declaration eventually expanded to include the Central Powers, Germany’s allies. So began America’s entry into the Great War that had been raging globally for over three years. It would cost the lives of thousands of Americans in the coming year and mark the entry of this country as a world player for the remainder of the 20th century.

To remember America’s participation in the Great War (First World War) a temporary exhibit will be on display in the Fort Necessity National Battlefield visitor center. The exhibit will run from April 2017 until November 2018, the centennial time of America’s involvement. On display will be uniform and commemorative items, soldier souvenirs, equipment and weapons.

Historian and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the French & Indian War (1754-1763) “the first” world war, a war that began here in western Pennsylvania with the battle at Fort Necessity. The war grew into an international affair between the two great empires of France and Britain. Fighting occurred on every continent with exception to Australia and Antarctica and cost the lives of nearly a million people. The French & Indian War’s outcome set the stage for America’s War of Independence.

The Fort Necessity National visitor center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission is free. For more information on the park please call during business hours at 724-329-5805 or visit our webpage at

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