Supporters have raised the last of $40 million earmarked to build the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek, the charity overseeing the effort announced today.
The National Park Foundation's capital campaign plans to fund the memorial, which honors the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93. Their struggle with hijackers of their airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, is credited with preventing a second attack on Washington, D.C.
The airplane crashed near Shanksville, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of the national parks.
The $40 million in private money was raised from more than 110,000 people, foundations and corporations. The money has been used to build the new park's Memorial Plaza, Wall of Names, 40 Memorial Groves and the Field of Honor, where Flight 93 went down.
It also paid for reforestation of the landscape, which had been a strip mine.
The announcement of the capital-campaign goal came one day before the Tuesday ground-breaking for a visitors center. It will include a permanent artifact exhibition and learning center.
"We thank and applaud the thousands of individuals and organizations that have helped us reach this profound moment," Neil Mulholland, president of the National Park Foundation, said in a statement. "It is only through their support and generosity that the foundation is able to protect, enrich and honor the Flight 93 National Memorial, and all of our country's more than 400 national parks."
Len Barcousky: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1159.