Campaign Contributions Increase

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. - Responding to escalating construction activity at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial, donors have boosted the pace of giving to help build the memorial. Since April 1, donors have given $100,000 to the memorial campaign. These donations – part of more than $17 million raised toward the $30 million goal for private contributions – will help complete the only National Park unit devoted to the events of September 11, 2001.

The memorial is dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who on September 11, 2001 fought terrorists to take control of the plane, diverting it from its intended target of Washington, DC. It crashed instead into the remote fields of Shanksville, approximately 80 miles outside Pittsburgh.

“Once people see the tremendous progress at the memorial site, either by visiting or by viewing photos online, many have become inspired to do their part to help finish the job. With programs like our Range Resources Memorial Match and the ability to text your donation on a cell phone, there are many ways to help fund the memorial. Every dollar counts. We ask people to continue visiting www.honorflight93.org to find out how they can be part of this historic effort to honor the heroes of Flight 93,” said King Laughlin, campaign manager, Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign.

“The Flight 93 families are gratified that people from all over the world want to do their part to help build the memorial. The Flight 93 National Memorial will not only be a tribute to our loved ones, it will be an important educational facility that will teach the Flight 93 story, including the days following September 11, to generations to come. We thank those who gave and hope that people will continue to be generous,” said Gordon Felt, president, Families of Flight 93.

More than 60,000 donors – both large and small from across the nation and around the world – have donated toward the goal of raising $30 million in private contributions. Another $16 million in public funding – including both federal and state funds – has already been received to help fund the estimated $58 million cost of the memorial’s first phase.

About the Flight 93 National Memorial

On Sept. 24, 2002, Congress passed 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 Sept. 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. The memorial will include the final resting places of the heroes as well as visitor facilities and related infrastructure. For more information on how to contribute to the memorial, please visit www.honorflight93.org.