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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Flight 93 Memorial

Homepage: http://www.honorflight93.org/site/c.8dJCKQNuFoG/b.1555703/k.BD7E/Home.htm

"A Common Field One Day... A Field Of Honor Forever."
-Capt. S. Ruda, L.A. Fire Department, describing the crash site.

A Day Forever Remembered

September 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in our nation’s recent history; a day our country was shaken to its very foundation. The United States experienced the worst incident of terrorism in its history: the coordinated hijacking of four commercial airliners. Despite the destruction and devastation, stories of courage and heroism emerged.

On September 11, 2001, shortly after terrorists flew airplanes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon, the forty passengers and crewmembers on United Airlines Flight 93 fought a battle in the sky over Pennsylvania. These forty heroes won their battle against terrorists and thwarted a planned attack on our nation’s capital, saving countless numbers of lives, but sacrificing their own in a field just east of Pittsburgh, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

The story of Flight 93 is a national treasure — a story of hope in human courage and cooperation. When confronted with the gravity of their situation, the passengers and crew of Flight 93 chose to act heroically and sacrifice their lives for their country. These 40 heroes made a democratic decision to fight back against terrorism and thereby thwarted a planned attack on our nation’s capital, saving countless numbers of lives.

We are currently engaged in a $30 million campaign effort to memorialize the spontaneous acts of courage and leadership that took place on Flight 93. It will take approximately 2 years to complete engineering, final design drawings and construction drawings for the memorial, the visitor center, roads and utilities. This parallels the two-year fundraising campaign. If construction starts in Fiscal Year 09, we are aiming for a 10-year anniversary Grand Opening in 2011.

Memorial Feature
Visitor Information Center
Infrastructure (roads, parking, utilities)
Capital Campaign Costs
Land Acquisition

We are inspired by the patriotism of the 40 ordinary citizens of Flight 93. Our country has always lifted up ordinary individuals who acted in extraordinary ways. The Passengers and Crew of Flight 93 are part of this great American tradition. They are examples of the American ideals of citizenship and patriotism for a new century and in a changing global context.

The Flight 93 National Memorial located in Western Pennsylvania will be a place that preserves and honors their spontaneous acts of courage and leadership for future generations. They deserve a great memorial; and we and future citizens of our great nation will be inspired by the story it will preserve - may their spontaneous leadership and collective acts of courage and sacrifice continue to inspire and instruct us.

The opening is scheduled for 2011, the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001.
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