The capital fundraising campaign has been completed, foundation officials announced Monday, but that didn’t include $1.5 million for the “Tower of Voices,” the site’s signature feature, as well as some educational programs. The tower would stand 93 feet high and include 40 wind chimes — one for each of the passengers and crew members on Flight 93.
We should note that the memorial to victims at the Pentagon was completed five years ago. The World Trade Center Memorial was completed on Sept. 11, 2011. Shanksville, without the deep-pocketed defense industry here or the financial industry in New York, has struggled to raise the money to complete work there, though the memorial is open to visitors.
Now, let’s see, were it not for the heroic actions of the passengers and crew, many of the estimated 5,000 people in and around the Capitol 12 years ago today would have been killed or injured.
That would include countless Hill staff members and tourists and surely a substantial number of well-heeled lobbyists. Oh, and a fair number of the 535 members of Congress who were up there as well. (Both houses were in session at the time.)
But it appears that well fewer than 15 contributions have came from lawmakers who were there that day or the 300 who have been elected to the House and Senate since then.
So more than 30 uniformed flight attendants walked the halls of Congress on Tuesday, dropping off letters appealing for help from each member, most all of whom are strong supporters of voluntary giving.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants and other unions are also re-soliciting their combined 100,000 members for a final push to close the funding gap and finish the memorial.
Forget the watery drinks so often served on the Washington gala circuit. At the OSS Society’s annual awards dinner Oct. 26, the cocktails will be overseen by Colin Field, the head bartender at the Hotel Ritz, who’s known as one of the world’s leading mixologists.
He’ll be there to lead a toast to the liberation of the Hotel Ritz in Paris at the end of World War II by Ernest Hemingway, Col. David Bruce and members of the French resistance. According to the OSS Society, which celebrates the history of the CIA’s forerunner, the Office of Strategic Services: “When they arrived at the Hotel Ritz shortly after the Nazis had fled the hotel, the manager asked Hemingway if there was anything he could do for them. Hemingway said: ‘How about 75 dry martinis?’ ”
But the drinks apparently weren’t very good. In his memoir, “OSS Against the Reich,” Bruce wrote that the fabled hotel’s bartender had already left the building.