OPALs Heads to Flight 93 National Memorial in October

The Older People With Active Lifestyles group will be joining visitors to honor the heroes on Flight 93 during a special bus trip set for Oct. 9.

The first stop of the day will be in Shanksville, Pa., to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial that opened in 2015. The tour will include the visitor center with exhibit area, the Learning Center, the Memorial Plaza at the crash site, the Flight Path Walkway and the bookstore. The OPALs members will hear about the brave actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

After this moving experience, the group will head to the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel. They will go to the Oakhurst Tea Room for a buffet at lunchtime.

The next stop will be at the Quecreek Mine Rescue Memorial in Somerset, Pa., for a tour and presentation. The day ends at the Glades Pike Winery where the OPALs members will be treated to a tour, a wine tasting and heavy appetizers. The coach should arrive back in Wheeling at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The cost of this trip includes motor coach, services of step-on guide, lunch, tours, winery tasting and appetizers, taxes and gratuities. The OPALs group is partnering with Uniglobe Travel for this excursion.

To make a reservation for the OPALs Oct. 9 Flight 93 trip, call Uniglobe directly at 304-232-5171 or 800-825-7314. Reservations and final payment are due by Sept. 8.

OPALs Director Mary Velez said, “The OPALs group has been traveling together for 27 years now. We have our veterans who love to go on each of our trips but we always have a nice group of first-time travelers with OPALs. Our goal is to make everyone feel part of the OPALs family.”

OPALs membership is open to anyone 55 years of age or older. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and may join a free exercise class at East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry. Other activities include Pink Power Night, day trips and luncheons. To learn more about this trip or how to join OPALs, call Velez at 304-234-8643.

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