The has announced the completion of a $40 million capital campaign in support of the outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the hijacked United Airlines flight crashed on September 11, 2001.
Funds raised by the are being used to establish, design, and complete a national memorial honoring the forty passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who fought back against the plane's hijackers and thwarted an aerial attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. More than a hundred and ten thousand individuals, foundations, and corporations have contributed funds for construction of the park's Memorial Plaza, Wall of Names, Memorial Groves, and Field of Honor, as well as reforestation of the surrounding landscape. The memorial, which officially was dedicated in September 2011, will include a Visitor Center Complex consisting of a permanent artifact exhibition, a learning center, and Flight Path/Memorial Walls, which are scheduled to be completed in 2015.
The , the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Foundation, will continue to raise funds in support of the operational needs and programmatic opportunities at the memorial. With a grant from the foundation, the Friends group has hired Norwood R. Dennis as its executive director.
"The generous contributions of so many individuals and business from around the world, along with the hard work and coordination of our friends at the National Park Foundation, ensure the long-term success of the Flight 93 National Memorial," said National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The National Park Service and our partner organizations will work together to preserve forever the memory of the forty passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and inspire future generations with the story of the sacrifice."