A Student of History

September 12, 2007

Flight 93 Memorial–Scrap it!

Filed under: The world today — John Maass @ 7:49 pm

Lets face it:  the costs projected for the Flight 93 Memorial in Pa., where one of the 4 hijacked planes crashed in a field on 9/11 is ridiculously, outrageously expensive.  The plan should be dumped and simple granite marker placed there instead.

The overpriced memorial is being planned and paid for by “a partnership among the Families of Flight 93, the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission, the Flight 93 Memorial Task Force, the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and many representatives of local, state and national organizations, agencies and interests, as well as people from around the world,” according to their website.   Thier own numbers show how absurd the plan is, and I paste it below.  In an age when the current NPS sites are crumbling and can’t get adequate money, and when we have so many other issues/causes of more immediate need, this price tag is obscene.

If construction starts in Fiscal Year 09, we are aiming for a 10-year anniversary Grand Opening in 2011.

 

Memorial Feature 

 $27,000,000

Visitor Information Center 

  $6,000,000

Infrastructure (roads, parking, utilities) 

 $11,700,000

Capital Campaign Costs 

 $3,250,000

Land Acquisition

 $10,000,000

TOTAL ESTIMATED GROSS PROJECT COSTS:   $57,950,000
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