WASHINGTON - When the 40 passengers and crew members forced flight 93 to crash in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a memorial near the site was spontaneously created by citizens. They left notes, flags, flowers and other personal items as a way of honoring those aboard flight 93 who were able to stop terrorists from crashing the plane into a target in Washington D.C.
Nearly 12 years to the day of the crash of flight 93, the National Park Foundation announced it has reached a goal of raising $40 million to establish, design and build a national memorial in Shanksville to honor the passengers and crew members.
The $40 million was donated by more than 110,000 individuals, foundations and corporations. Already completed are the park's Memorial Plaza, Wall of Names, 40 Memorial Groves, the Field of Honor and major reforestation of the landscape. By 2015, work will be completed on the visitor center Complex, which will include a permanent artifact exhibit, learning center and flight path memorial walls.
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