Political/Air- Flight attendants to lawmakers: Donate personally to 9/11 memorial fund – The Hill’s Transportation Report

Posted: September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sept. 10, 2013

Unions for flight attendants are pushing lawmakers to make personal donations to a fund for construction of a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial.

The proposed memorial would honor the victims of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after being taken over by hijackers 12 years ago tomorrow.

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions said on Tuesday that lawmakers should dip into their own pockets to provide money for the memorial.

“We are writing to formally request your personal financial support to help finish the long delayed Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,” the unions wrote in a letter to lawmakers. “The heroic actions of the United Flight 93 crew and passengers prevented an attack on our beloved Capitol on September 11, 2001. We believe a strong commitment to honor these national heroes is overdue.”

The flight attendant unions said it was especially important to honor the victims of Flight 93 because the hijackers who took over the plane were believed to have intended to strike the Capitol building. The attempt to steer the plane toward the Capitol was thwarted when passengers on board the flight fought back against the hijackers.

“We know now that the terrorists were intent on destroying the United States Capitol on that day — one of the most iconic buildings in Washington, D.C. and a symbol of our democracy, and the citizens within it,” the unions wrote. “Many owe their lives to the heroes of Flight 93.”

“We are asking that each Member of Congress set an example by making a personal contribution to the fund,” the letter continued. “There are currently only a few Representatives and Senators who have contributed. We are asking you to take part in the final push to raise the less than $1.7 million needed for completion of the Flight 93 National Memorial. We ask that every member of Congress contribute to the national memorial to honor the heroes who gave their own lives to protect your workplace and our country’s shining symbol of democracy.”

The letter was signed by the presidents of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, Transport Workers Union, and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

via Flight attendants to lawmakers: Donate personally to 9/11 memorial fund – The Hill’s Transportation Report.

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