The Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign announced yesterday that the Richard King Mellon Foundation has committed to a $1 million challenge grant in aid of the construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The 2,200 acre Flight 93 Memorial – the only national memorial dedicated to the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 – is intended to honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day, including the 40 heroes who comprised the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. The Flight 93 National Memorial will include 40 groves of trees to commemorate the lives of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 – over 140,000 trees will be planted in total.
“Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to honor and remember our nation’s military, our first-responders, and the everyday people that have become extraordinary heroes — including the men and women of United Flight 93,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the charitable partner of the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign.
The National Park Foundation – the official charity of America’s national parks – is urging members of the public to make a donation at www.honorflight93.org/milliondollarmatch. Your gift to the memorial will be matched by the Richard King Mellon Foundation dollar for dollar, up to $1 million – though only donations received from outside the southwestern Pennsylvania region will count toward the challenge. “Thanks to the generosity of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, people everywhere have the opportunity to double their support and ensure that the heroes of 9/11 and United Flight 93 are never forgotten,” said Mulholland.
Nearly 10 years after the events of September 11, memorials in New York and at the Pentagon are fully funded. However, the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania., has yet to receive the additional $15 million in funding necessary to complete the project. To date, $45 million has been committed through public and private sources. The National Park Foundation continues to spearhead the campaign, working to raise the remaining monies. The memorial site – which is currently under construction – will be dedicated at mid-day on September 10, 2011.
The Flight 93 National Memorial Act was passed on September 24th, 2002 and created the nation’s 386th National Park. The park is open from 9 am-7 pm Daily (April 1 to Sept 30) and from 9 am-5 pm Daily (Oct 1 to March 31) and admission is free.
As the Flight 93 National Memorial is still under construction there is currently no food service or drinking water – portable toilets are available. Although there is car, RV and bus parking there are presently no areas available for camping. Only service animals (no pets) are allowed in the memorial.
To support the Flight 93 National Memorial’s “million dollar match” and honor the actions of the 40 heroes on United Flight 93 please visit: www.honorflight93.org/milliondollarmatch or call the National Park Foundation at 1 (202) 354-6488.
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