Flight attendants to lawmakers: Donate personally to 9/11 memorial fund

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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.