Washington, D.C. - In a show of support for the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and the campaign to build a memorial in the honor of all the heroes of 9/11, Major League Baseball has teamed up with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to broadcast a public service announcement in stadium during the World Series and on the MLB Network and MLB.com.
On September 11, 2001, the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 heroically fought back against terrorists who hijacked their San Francisco-bound plane, and in doing so, saved countless lives. In their struggle, they lost their own lives as the plane plummeted into a field outside of Shanksville, PA. The featured PSA asks everyone to remember the sacrifice made by those on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, asking for their support in building the Flight 93 National Memorial through mobile text donations, “Text MEMORIAL to 90999 to donate $10,” or by contributing online at www.honorflight93.org.
“Partnering with Major League Baseball at this point in the 2010 post-season is a great honor,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “It is a testament to the importance of this campaign that MLB has chosen to highlight the Flight 93 National Memorial campaign during the World Series – reminding Americans everywhere that we need to ensure the heroes of 9/11 are never forgotten.”
"We are deeply grateful to Major League Baseball, the Giants and the Rangers for recognizing the heroes of Flight 93," said Gordon Felt, President of the Families of Flight 93. "Their sacrifice protects our freedom and our ability to enjoy such great national traditions as the World Series."
The sacred ground of the Flight 93 National Memorial holds great meaning for all Americans. This memorial, the only national park dedicated to the events of 9/11, is an opportunity to honor all the heroes of that tragic day and provide a venue of remembrance, respect, and education for all visitors. The National Park Foundation has embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise $18milion dollars to complete the memorial. Currently under construction, the first phase of the memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of Flight 93’s fateful crash.
About the Flight 93 National Memorial
On September 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 September 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. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni. For information on how to support the building of the memorial, go to www.honorflight93.org.
About the National Park Foundation
You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org