"An Evening of Remembrance" Tuesday night at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., raised $2 million for the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign.
Co-hosts President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush and Speaker of the House John Boehner were joined by nearly 400 guests. David Gregory, the host of NBC's "Meet the Press," was the moderator. Country music artist Vince Gill sang, including "Go Rest High Upon that Mountain," which played while images of the 40 passengers and crew scrolled on a 40-foot screen behind the stage.
"All future fundraising can build off of the momentum of this moment," said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Last night's event has brought us closer to the completion of this memorial, ensuring that those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, including the 40 heroes of Flight 93, are never forgotten."
Patrick White, president of the Families of Flight 93, said the families are very appreciative.
"The Flight 93 families acknowledge with deep gratitude the extraordinary impact of the fundraiser spearheaded by Presidents Clinton and Bush, and Speaker Boehner," he said. "They tapped into the generosity of the American people, and have assured that the memorial will be completed, and the heroic actions of those on board Flight 93 will be remembered for generations to come."
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., spoke about the bipartisan effort.
"Last night's event to raise money for the Flight 93 memorial is a sign of what can happen when Democrats and Republicans come together to get things done," he said. "This memorial will help us remember the sacrifice of those we lost, honor their valor and commemorate their lives."
U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, agreed with Casey.
"Last night's event, which brought together presidents and members of both parties, was a true testament to the courage and sacrifice of the victims of United Flight 93," he said. "Although the memorial has already been dedicated, the final pieces are still unfinished — and we must work diligently to fill the funding gap and complete a memorial worthy of the tragedy and importance of that day, Sept. 11, 2001."
National Park Service Site Superintendent Jeff Reinbold said the event was moving and inspirational.
"We won't know the full financial impact of the event for some time. We continue to move forward with completing the designs for the educational buildings, which we intend to open in 2014," he said.
Many family members of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, residents and local supporters from the Shanksville community attended. The guest list also included former Gov. Ed Rendell, former Gov. Tom Ridge, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Gen. Tommy Franks, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, the ambassador of Japan and Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.