Thursday, May 25, 2017

Family Members of Victims of 911 Terrorist Plot to Speak at Memorial

Site of Flight 93 Crash with Wall of Names to Left and Crash Site Marked by Boulder at Rear Credit: NPS

On Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, two Flight 93 family members will share stories about their loved ones who lost their lives aboard United Flight 93, and their experiences involving the development of the memorial over the past 16 years.

Flight 93 family members Ken Nacke and Ed Root will be the featured guests at the inaugural “Flight 93 Speaker Series” event at Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County. Ken’s brother, Louis J. “Joey” Nacke, was a passenger on board Flight 93 on September 11, 2001; Ed’s cousin, Lorraine Bay, was a United Airlines flight attendant.

Ken and Ed will speak at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  The event will take place in the Learning Center, located adjacent to the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Ken Nacke has been a Baltimore County Police Officer serving and protecting the citizens of Baltimore County, Maryland for the last 30 years. Ken has been very involved with Flight 93 National Memorial since its inception, and was selected as one of 15 Federal Advisory Members who were tasked with overseeing the design and construction of Flight 93 National Memorial in 2005. Ken also served as a former board member of the Families of Flight 93, Inc.  He has chaired and served on several committees within Flight 93 National Memorial and the Families of Flight 93, Inc., and views this project as a true labor of love.

Edwin Root retired as a business analyst after 34 years from the Phillips Van-Heusen Corporation. An advocate for many years of American Civil War historic preservation, Ed has served on the Boards of the Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia and the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association. He is also a co-author of “Isn’t This Glorious – The 15th, 19th and 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiments at Gettysburg’s Copse of Trees.”  The book garnered the “Bachelder-Coddington Award for Civil War” in 2006.

Ed served on the Stage II jury which selected the winning design of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 2005. Ed has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Families of Flight 93, Inc. since 2006, and has served on numerous committees within either the Families of Flight 93 organization or the larger Flight 93 Memorial partnership. Ed lives in Allentown, PA with his wife Nancy.
Moderating the event will be Stephen Clark, Superintendent of the National Park units of Western PA, which includes Flight 93 NMEM.

As part of the programming this year, the Flight 93 Speaker Series is a joint effort between the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. There will be four Speaker Series events on weekends throughout the summer. The summer-long series is sponsored by Somerset Trust and will run through August with new special guests each month.

Established in 2009, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is the official non-profit supporting partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends focus on awareness, education, volunteer support, preservation and stewardship. The Friends of Flight 93 is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, donations to which are tax deductible. To learn more about the Friends, make a donation to support the memorial, or become a member visit

On September 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 on Flight 93 National Memorial visit

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