An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 28, 2007

United 93

Filed under: Give! — olbroad @ 8:47

Flight 93 memorial in Pa. falls short on fundraising

SHANKSVILLE — A two-year campaign to raise $30 million for a permanent memorial for the victims of Flight 93 has fallen far short of its goal, and organizers say they are shifting their strategy to close the gap.

Only $11 million has been collected in the capital campaign for the $58 million memorial, a drive started by groups including relatives of the 40 passengers and crew members killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Passengers on the hijacked plane were remembered as heroes after the attacks because of their efforts to storm the cockpit and wrest control from the terrorists shortly before the plane crashed in a field.

These are the men and women who fought back, saved lives in D.C. and we can’t give enough to build the memorial?

“We’d hoped to raise more money by now,” said John Reynolds, chairman of the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission. “We were concerned we were not doing a good job, but the philanthropic world tells us we did.”

To be honest, I can’t remember if we gave to this fund, but I’m sure going to make it a point to put in a few bucks.

The planners of the memorial, established by an act of Congress in 2002, are “absolutely dedicated to raising the rest of the funding,” Reynolds said.

Congress can find money to store peanuts, but can’t use it for something worth while? Hmmmm….

Construction is tentatively slated to begin in late 2008 or early 2009. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been planned for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks.

Well, then, I guess we should all get busy and contribute to honor these heroes, shouldn’t we!

Flight 93 National Memorial 

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3 Comments »

  1. What’s hurting the fundraising efforts was the insistence of the designer to build an Islamic crescent into the design. Apparently to honor the lives of the Islamic jihadists as well, since there’s no other reason to include anything Islamic in this memorial. Kinda like the Bush and America bashers trying to take over the NYC memorial.

    Comment by Peter — April 29, 2007 @ 12:05

  2. Given a choice of no memorial or one that includes a commemoration of the terrorists, I’d rather have none. And that appears to be our choices.

    Comment by Peter — April 29, 2007 @ 12:06

  3. I thought they had changed the design? CRAP!

    Comment by olbroad — April 29, 2007 @ 9:39


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