Monday, May 1, 2017

Flight 93 Family Members to Speak On May 27-28 at Flight 93 National Memorial

Entryway to Flight 93 National Memorial Credit: Bill Rockwell

  Flight 93 family members Ken Nacke and Ed Root will be the featured guests at the inaugural “Flight 93 Speaker Series” event on May 27-28 at Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County. Ken’s brother, Louis J. “Joey” Nacke, was a passenger on 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, May 28. The events will be held at the Learning Center, adjacent to the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center

Moderators of the Speaker Series will be Tom McMillan, a member of the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, and Robert Franz, a park guide at Flight 93 National Memorial.

New this year, the Flight 93 Speaker Series is a joint effort of  the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. There will be four such events on weekends throughout the summer, all free of charge to the general public. The summer-long series is presented by Somerset Trust.
Future Speaker Series events will feature first responders and others involved in the aftermath of the September 11th crash in Somerset County, as well as Flight 93 family members.

Additional Flight 93 Speaker Series events are planned in June, July and August:

June 17, 18 – Wally Miller, Somerset County coroner, who oversaw the crash site and helped family members organize the “Families of Flight 93.”

July 22 – first responders John Weir of PBS Coal, which owned part of the crash site; Louis Veitz, unit supervisor of the Pa. State Police forensic mapping unit during the investigation; and Stacey Schmidt, one of the first state troopers to reach the site on 9/11.

August 19, 20 – family members Deborah Borza (mother of passenger Deora Bodley) and Calvin Wilson (brother-in-law of First Officer LeRoy Homer).

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 organization, donations to which are tax deductible. The Friends of Flight 93 membership includes family and friends of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, people nationwide who have been inspired by these acts of courage, and many residents of Western Pennsylvania who want to be part of the Friends' mission in a hands-on way. To learn more about the Friends, make a donation to support the memorial, or become a member visit

Walk along Wall of Names Credit: Bill Rockwell
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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