(Washington, D.C.) September 10, 2012 – The National Park Foundation’s Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign announced today that $5 million in private funding is still needed to complete the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. Since 2005, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has worked with its partners and over 100,000 donors to raise funds to build the permanent memorial honoring the heroes of Flight 93 and September 11. Once raised, the funds will complete the Memorial’s original design features including a Learning Center that will more fully tell the story of Flight 93 and a ‘Tower of Voices’ with forty wind chimes to be located at the entrance to the Memorial.
The public is invited to donate and show their support by visiting www.HonorFllight93.org.
“Five million dollars remain to be raised to protect this sacred ground and final resting place of those aboard Flight 93,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “This last wave of support will ensure that these true American heroes will never be forgotten, and that future generations will have a place to reflect and learn from their brave and selfless actions.”
On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the Flight 93 National Memorial will honor the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93. The observance ceremony will be held from 9:45am to 10:30am, during which time names of the passengers and crew will be read aloud with the tolling of the Bells of Remembrance. A moment of silence will be held at 10:03am, the time that United Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001. Various educational programs and tribute events will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012, and Sunday, September 9, 2012.
For more information about the events around September 11, 2012, please visit www.nps.gov/flni and for more information on the Flight 93 National Memorial, and how to support the campaign, please go to www.honorflight93.org.
ABOUT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni. For information on how to make a donation and help build the memorial, go to www.honorflight93.org.
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