As bells rang throughout Somerset
County in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 11, 2003, NBC and
First Call UPLinks worked together
to provide live coverage of the second anniversary memorial service
for Flight 93. This coverage
was provided for viewing on The Today Show, MSNBC, and NBC Nightly
News. NBC staff included Correspondent Chris Jansing, coordinating
producer, Terry Pickard, and producer, Stephanie Himango.
Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton,
swore in the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission,
which officially began the formal planning of the Flight 93 National
Memorial as a unit of the National Park System.
An honorary Flight 93 American flag, which
is hand-made special every year, was hung in remembrance of the
brave victims and their families. "America the Beautiful"
and "God Bless the USA" were sang after a bell tolled
40 times in honor of each of the crew and passengers. Alice Hoglan,
whose son, Mark Bingham, attempted to overthrow the hijackers, was
one of the interviewed family members.
Barbara Black, Curator of the Somerset Historical
Society, walked us through the storage site where hundreds of thousands
of items have been left by visitors from across the country. These
mementos include a United Airlines stewardess uniform to military
medals to pictures drawn by children.