Rolling Thunder will lay wreaths at Flight 93 Memorial

By Frances Borsodi Zajac Herald-Standard

Rolling Thunder, Chapter 5 Pennsylvania from Fayette County, will lay wreaths at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset County during a special ceremony at noon Saturday as part of Wreaths Across America.

“It’s such a great honor to present wreaths to the heroes there,” said Steve Corcoran, chaplain for Rolling Thunder.

Those who participate in Wreaths Across America lay wreaths and conduct ceremonies at veterans cemeteries and memorials across the United States.

Flight 93 National Memorial commemorates the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 when their hijacked plane went down in Shanksville.

“We want people of Fayette County to know that someone is paying attention to those who have sacrificed so much,” Corcoran said. “The crew and passengers of Flight 93 were our first warriors in the war against terrorism.”

The ceremony will include a call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, prayer by Corcoran, remarks by chapter president Ken White, introduction of officials and the laying of seven wreaths –- one each for the United States’ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and reservists. Each name of the crew and passengers will be read and a bell sounded. An honorary salute will be given. A member of Rolling Thunder will play the guitar and sing “God Bless America.”

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