"The 9/11 Flight 93 Rose" to Benefit Flight 93 Memorial

Wednesday, March 2, 2011National Park Foundation

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Flight 93 National Memorial Fund announced that proceeds from the sale of a genetic one-of-a-kind hybridized rose will benefit construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The rose symbolically commemorates the heroism of the passengers and crew of United Flight 93.

On September 11, 2001, United Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the 40 passengers and crew fought back against terrorists attempting to attack our nation’s capital. Fundraising is currently underway to complete the memorial which is set for dedication in September 2011, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11. When completed, the memorial will be the only current unit of the National Park system honoring the heroes of September 11th and the valor of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

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“The 9/11 Flight 93 Rose” is a hybrid tea rose dark red in color with a white stripe on the inside petals and is named and registered with the American Rose Society/International Cultivar Registration Authority for Roses. The concept for the rose was originated by Michael L. Emerson, a Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign Steering Committee member and rose-growing enthusiast.

“The 9/11 Flight 93 Rose honors and commemorates the 40 heroes of Flight 93 in two important ways,” said Emerson. “It helps to generate funds to build the National Memorial in Shanksville, and it is also a daily reminder that can be owned, cared for, and enjoyed by anyone touched by this incredible story of bravery, it is a remembrance than can be grown in any backyard, community park, business, school - almost anywhere.”

Starting today, “The 9/11 Flight 93 Rose” is available for purchase through three participating nurseries. Each rose bush retails for between $17.00 and $30.00 depending on size. Five dollars from the sale of each rose bush, which is already included in the price of the rose bush, will be donated to the Flight 93 Memorial Fund and will fund landscaping and beautification initiatives as part of the memorial’s design.

For more information or to purchase the 9/11 Flight 93 Rose, go to www.honorflight93.org/rose.

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.