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Flight 93 family member to speak at memorial this weekend

Stephen Huba
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Sunlight reflects off the exterior wall of the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitors Center in 2016.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Sunlight reflects off the exterior wall of the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitors Center in 2016.

Lorne Lyles, whose wife called him from United Flight 93 on 9/11 before it crashed, will be the featured speaker this weekend at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Somerset County.

The Flight 93 Speaker Series programs, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Learning Center.

Lyles' wife, CeeCee Ross Lyles, was a flight attendant on Flight 93 and was one of 40 passengers and crew who died when it crashed in Somerset County on Sept. 11, 2001.

In the flight's final minutes, with hijackers in control of the plane, CeeCee called Lorne at their home in Florida to express her love and inform him that passengers were mounting a counterattack and attempting to break into the cockpit.

Now in its second year, the speaker series is a joint effort of the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. This is the second of four such events on weekends throughout the summer, presented by Somerset Trust.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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