I don’t ask anything of my readers very often. I seriously appreciate that you show up and read my rants, raves and random thoughts.
But this came to my attention today, and I believe it to be an extremely worthwhile project to contribute to.
In the hours and days following the events of Flight 93, the final chapter in the horrible events of 9/11, a story of incredible bravery and heroism emerged. Flight 93 was the only one of the hijacked planes that failed to reach its intended target. Flight 93 was just 20 minutes from Washington, DC, and had the passengers and crewmembers not taken decisive action, it is likely that the plane would have been used to crash into the U.S. Capitol or the White House causing unimaginable destruction.
The “ordinary” people on board Flight 93 were anything but. They were men and women, mothers, fathers, and children. Yet despite these apparent differences, they all possessed undeniable qualities of the human spirit – courage, bravery, selflessness – that enabled them to join together in an extraordinary way and achieve the first victory in the war on terrorism.
On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew.
$10 million is still needed to complete the memorial.
Here’s how you can help – this is not impossible:
Go to www.honorflight93.org to learn more about the memorial for these courageous private citzens. Donate to the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign today and the National Park Foundation Board of Directors will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000,000!
I read a lot of people writing the phrase “Never Forget” this weekend. Here’s a way to make sure future generations don’t forget.
Skip lunch or dinner out ONE TIME. Rummage through your kitchen cabinets, have a little canned soup or eat one of those frozen dinners you’ve had forever. Take the saved $10 and honor those civilians who make a sacrifice for their country.
Or don’t. Times are tough. I know that. But even if it’s just $5 – if you can type “Never Forget” on Facebook, surely you can find $5-10 in change to honor these Americans.
And just to be fair, I’m not asking anything that I haven’t done myself.
Thanks for reading.