Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center to open September 10

Joe Mandak CNS News

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — National Park Service officials say a $26 million visitor center complex at the Flight 93 National Memorial will open to the public September 10, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks.

The new center in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, includes a permanent exhibit, a multipurpose gathering space, walking trails and a flight-path walkway and overlook that lets visitors see the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 from a distance.

The plane from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco crashed in a field after passengers fought back against hijackers during the September 11 attacks. All 33 passengers and seven crew members were killed, along with the hijackers. Read More »

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New FBI office near Stewart Airport dedicated to agent Leonard Hatton who died on 9/11

 Mid-Hudson News Network

The new Mid-Hudson office of the FBI, adjacent to Stewart International Airport, was dedicated Thursday to the memory of Leonard Hatton, an FBI agent who was killed when he responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Hatton’s wife and son, Leonard Jr. were present at the dedication ceremony. Leonard Jr. also is an FBI agent.

Speakers at the ceremony talked of partnerships between the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local police agencies.

Diego Rodriguez, the assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Division, said those relationships make a difference when fighting terrorism and crime. Read More »

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9/11 Shamrock fundraiser honors a beloved brother Donald Robertson

Andrew Goudsward, Asbury Park Press

From tragedy to tribute.

That’s how Kathy Cunningham of Spring Lake describes her yearly pilgrimage to New York to run in the “Tunnel to Towers Run” from Brooklyn to Ground Zero.

Cunningham’s brother Donald Robertson was killed in the September 11 attacks while working in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He was 35 years old.

“He was the life of the party,” Cunningham said, “He lit up every room he walked into.”

Photo courtesy of Steve Lacko

Photo courtesy of Steve Lacko

In the years since, Cunningham has worked to keep his memory alive and give back to the soldiers who went to war because of that awful day.  Each September 30,000 people attend the “Tunnel To Towers Run” to retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a New York firefighter who raced through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to get the World Trade Center site on September 11.

Last year, 300 of these runners wore bright green shirts with a shamrock encased in a heart on the back. Around the shamrock was the name “Donald W. Robertson” and the words “Forever in our Hearts.” Read More »

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