(Washington, D.C.) September 11, 2012 – Today, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced its partnership with Alcoa Foundation to benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. In an effort to encourage others to support the Flight 93 National Memorial, through October 1, Alcoa Foundation will match public donations up to $255,000. Donations can be made at www.honorflight93.org.
Through the partnership, the National Park Foundation’s Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign and Alcoa Foundation will work together to enhance the landscape of the memorial. The Alcoa Foundation’s donation will help to plant 150,000 native species trees at the 2,200-acre site. The trees are a planned landscape feature of the memorial’s design, which creates an environment to remember the heroism of the forty men and women on board Flight 93 and offers a place of learning and understanding about the events of September 11, 2001. Reforestation of the memorial will further transform the former surface mine into a park for thousands of visitors each year. Currently, more than 13,000 seedlings have been planted at the site.
“The National Park Foundation is proud to partner with Alcoa Foundation to remember the brave men and women of Flight 93, ordinary citizens who made the extraordinary and selfless decision to save the lives of others,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “The memorial offers many different features as a tribute their heroic actions, but the reforestation project will augment the true living component of the design.”
“To commemorate the 11th anniversary of September 11, Alcoa Foundation is honored to support the National Park Foundation to remember those we lost, those who have served and are currently serving in the military and the families who were impacted by the tragic events,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “This partnership builds off of the initial commitment we made in 2011 and also supports Alcoa's Ten Million Trees Program, for which the goal is to plant 10 million new trees by 2020 in regions where Alcoa operates around the world.”
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.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured memorials, 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.
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since 1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children, serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at www.alcoafoundation.com.