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US National Park Foundation completes fundraising for Flight 93 memorial

US-based national parks charity The National Park Foundation said that its capital campaign in support of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania is complete.

According to the foundation, the Flight 93 National Memorial Capital Campaign has raised more than USD 40m to establish, design and build the national memorial honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United (NYSE: UAL) Flight 93 who fought back against their hijackers on September 11, 2001, preventing a second aerial attack on Washington, D.C.

Through its campaign, the National Park Foundation has raised USD 40m in private support from more than 110,000 individuals, foundations and corporations.

Funds have made possible the construction of the park´s Memorial Plaza, Wall of Names, 40 Memorial Groves, the Field of Honor, and major reforestation of the landscape. Additional construction through 2015 will include a Visitor Center Complex consisting of a permanent artifact exhibition, Learning Center and Flight Path/Memorial Walls.

While the National Park Foundation´s capital campaign is complete, the foundation said it has also helped to establish a local philanthropic organisation, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, which will continue to fundraise on behalf of the national memorial.

The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, like the hundreds of other local philanthropic park Friends Groups across the country, will provide support for the operational needs and programmatic opportunities of the memorial. Through a grant from the National Park Foundation, the Friends have hired full-time Executive director, Norwood R. Dennis.

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