ERIE’s Sweetgum Trees to Grace Flight 93 Memorial

Rendering: BioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects

Sept. 9, 2011 - For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, ERIE made a donation to the Flight 93 National Memorial of 40 sweetgum trees.

Known for their height, beauty and distinctive star-shaped leaves, the sweetgums will be planted in memory of the 40 passengers and crew members who died when their plane crashed in Somerset County after fighting with hijackers.

Leah Micholas, Erie Insurance’s Pittsburgh branch manager, will attend the anniversary commemoration in Shanksville, Pa.,on Sunday, Sept. 11, with other colleagues.

“The Erie Insurance family is proud to be the Dedication Tree Grove sponsor of the Flight 93 National Memorial,” Leah said. “The memorial means so much to our community, our country and to the families whose loved ones were lost on September 11th. The eventual grandness of the sweetgum trees will beautify the memorial site for generations. It’s a living memorial for those who perished on Flight 93.”

The Flight 93 National Memorial was created by an act passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2002. A design was chosen in 2005 and construction on the 2,200-acre site started two years ago.

Sweetgum trees will also be planted at the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial in New York City to represent the everlasting ties of history between the two memorial sites.

For information on the Flight 93 National Memorial, go to