We should note that the Pentagon Memorial to victims there was completed five years ago. The World Trade Center Memorial was completed on Sept. 11, 2011. Shanksvile, 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 for visitors.
Now let’s see, were it not for the heroic actions of the 40 passengers and crew on Flight 93, many of the estimated 5,000 people in and around the Capitol that morning would have been killed or injured..
That would include countless Hill staff, 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.
But it appears that barely 15 contributions 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 plan to walk 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.