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March 4, 2011 > Flight 93 Rose to benefit national memorial

Flight 93 Rose to benefit national memorial

One-of-a-kind rose commemorates the heroism of the passengers and crew of Flight 93

Submitted By Michael L. Emerson

Proceeds from the sale of a genetic one-of-a-kind hybrid rose will benefit construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The rose symbolically commemorates the heroism of the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 which, on September 11, 2001, crashed into a field near Shanksville after the 40 passengers and crew fought back against terrorists attempting to attack our nation's capital.

Fundraising is underway to complete the memorial which is set for dedication in September 2011, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11. When completed, the memorial will be the only unit of the National Park system honoring the heroes of September 11 and the valor of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

A hybrid tea rose, the 9/11 Flight 93 Rose is dark red in color with a white stripe on the inside petals and is named and registered with the American Rose Society/International Cultivar Registration Authority for Roses. The concept for the rose was originated by Michael L. Emerson, a Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign Steering Committee member and rose-growing enthusiast.

"The 9/11 Flight 93 Rose honors and commemorates the 40 heroes of Flight 93 in two important ways," said Emerson. "It helps to generate funds to build the National Memorial in Shanksville and is a daily reminder that can be owned, cared for and enjoyed by anyone touched by this incredible story of bravery. It is a remembrance that can be grown in any backyard, community park, business, school - almost anywhere."

In effect from March 1, 2011, the 9/11 Flight 93 Rose is available for purchase through three participating nurseries. Each rose bush retails for between $17 and $30 depending on size.

Five dollars from the sale of each rose bush, included in the price, will be donated to the Flight 93 Memorial Fund and also fund landscaping and beautification initiatives as part of the memorial's design.

For more information or to purchase the 9/11 Flight 93 Rose, visit www.honorflight93.org/rose.

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