WJAC-TV: Funding still short for Flight 93 Memorial

SOMERSET —Flight 93 Memorial funding is still short of the amount required for its completion.

The National Park Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based group, is staging fundraisers to complete the memorial said it remains $5 million short. It needs funding to finish the on-site “learning center.” The group said donations from major corporations appear to have dried up.

“We’re living in a time when corporate America is flush with cash, yet our only real disappointment right now is that only 12 Fortune 500 companies support the memorial,” said Neil Mulholland of the National Park Foundation.

A WJAC-TV news investigation recently uncovered nearly $500,000 worth of so-called “deferred maintenance” projects have been delayed at the Flight 93 Memorial site.

Amid Washington’s budget gridlock, the National Park Service has suffered a 6 percent budget cut since 2010 and could be cutting another 200 workers next year.

The U.S. Transportation Department announced Monday it’s handing over $1 million to help operators improve the access roads near the site.

 

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