Flight 93 memorial effort on schedule

Associated Press / March 26, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Families of those who died on United Airlines Flight 93 told lawmakers yesterday that plans for a 9/11 memorial at the crash site in Pennsylvania are on track.

The memorial’s first phase should open on the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the group Families of Flight 93 told a House committee.

“Though we have made great progress, continued federal support is vital to ensuring we remain on track and reach that goal,’’ said Gordon Felt, the group’s president.

Felt’s brother, Edward, was one of the 40 passengers and crew who died when the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, about 65 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

A groundbreaking ceremony for a National Park Service memorial was held last November.

Families of Flight 93 is seeking $3 million as the latest installment in federal spending on the project. Congress has already provided $10.3 million.

The park will be nearly 3 1/2 square miles, with a chapel at its entrance featuring 40 chimes symbolizing each of the victims.