Construction of THE Flight 93 National Memorial Goes Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, September 21, 2010 -- Washington, D.C. - The National Park Foundation has begun broadcasting live images of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Through a partnership with EarthCam, Inc., on-going construction of the memorial is being documented and recorded online at www.honorflight93.org/webcam.
"We are very pleased to introduce a new form of online technology into a national park,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “For someone who has never visited Shanksville, it is now possible to see the Flight 93 National Memorial site exactly as it appears in real time."
"EarthCam has always been about bringing the user right to the core of the event," states Brian Cury, Founder and CEO of EarthCam. “This camera, at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial construction setting, gives every one of us the opportunity to see the site transformed from the stark field it is now to the moving memorial it will become. We are honored to be such an integral part of documenting and sharing this momentous tribute to the world."
"Showing the progress of the memorial is consistent with our emphasis on openness in the design and construction process,” said Joanne Hanley, Superintendent of National Parks of Western Pennsylvania. “Nothing can replace the experience of visiting Shanksville, but the webcam is a close second."
The EarthCam Megapixel Advanced camera offers a panoramic 12-megapixel view of the Field of Honor and Sacred Ground, two major elements of the memorial’s design, set to be completed and dedicated next year on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.
The camera is fully interactive, enabling website viewers to zoom in and out of images captured every 15 minutes during daylight hours. Archival capabilities allow viewers to compose a time-lapse playback of images of Flight 93.
On September 24, 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni. For information on how to support the building of the memorial, go to www.honorflight93.org.
EarthCam is the recognized global leader in providing webcam content, technology and software to both consumers and industry. The company, which started in 1996, delivers millions of live images from thousands of cameras each day to over 192 countries and offers an international network of live public access webcams. EarthCam holds the expertise and knowledge to offer consumers the ability to view, create and share webcam content at anytime and in any location in the world. Clients include: Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Clear Channel Communications, PBS, ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, CNN, MTV, Major League Baseball, NFL, This Old House, Coca-Cola, Sprint, Volkswagen, GE, Yahoo! and NASA. Visit EarthCam at www.earthcam.com.
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. Chartered by Congress, we work hand in hand with the National Park Service to strengthen and connect all Americans to our parks, so they are protected for present and future generations. It is a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens took action to first establish, then protect and endow our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable partner for America’s national parks. To learn more visit www.nationalparks.org.