With the passing of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, the nation continues to mourn and honor those who lost their lives and to honor the heroism that spawned from the tragic events of that day.
Among those heroes and victims of the day were the crew and passengers of United flight 93. Flight 93 was scheduled to depart shortly after 8:00 a.m. from Newark, New Jersey, en route to San Francisco, California. The Boeing 757, with 44 people on board, was delayed on the runway for several minutes before taking off. Less than an hour into the flight, as the plane was nearing Cleveland, Ohio, Flight 93 suddenly and abruptly changed course heading southeast in the direction of Washington, DC before eventually crashing into a remote field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is believed that the passengers stormed the cockpit and forced the plane to crash as the events of the day were discovered by those onboard through the use of cell phones.
A permanent memorial for the site has been in the works for years and fundraising continues to this day. Currently the project is about 10 million dollars short of the 62 million required to complete the project. The project is currently partially complete and former president Clinton has now taken a role in helping to complete the fundraising. For information on the memorial or to donate CLICK HERE.
The total cost of the memorial is $62 million. So far, the memorial has received $32 million from the state of Pennsylvania and the federal government, while $20 million has been collected from private contributors. It is estimated an additional $10 million will be required to complete the memorial.
It’s a reflection of the priorities of the federal government as they continue to flush tax payers funds down the toilet in the Eurozone, annually stuffing the federal budget with billions in pork-barrel spending, A.K.A. ‘earmarks’ but they cannot come up with ten million for a fitting memorial to those who likely saved many lives on 9/11.
Then again, this is the same government that took roughly half a century to open a WWII Memorial in D.C.