Va. Beach couple raises money for Flight 93 national memorial


by LaSalle Blanks

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:36 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - The blood that runs through George and Connie Jacobs is red, white and blue.

Their mission right now is to help honor some brave Americans from September 11, 2001 -- the passengers on United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Nine years after that day, they've joined a national crusade to build a permanent Flight 93 National Memorial.

"When you go up there, all you see is a fence," George said. "This way, they can be laid to rest with respect, dignity, and honor."

George and Connie are selling special flags to raise money for the national memorial. It's part of a nationwide effort by George's Moose Association. One flag lists all of the people who died on 9/11; the other names the first responders.

So far, more than 600 flags at $20 each have been sold across Hampton Roads.

"We can't forget what was done to our country," Connie Jacobs said. "We can't forget our heroes."

George and Connie have been saluted for all their work. They were invited to attend special 9/11 ceremonies in Shanksville with the victims' relatives.

"You see it in their eyes and you see gratefulness that you are helping," George said. "That's the feeling that keeps me going on and on."

Volunteers across the country are working to raise $17 million and the government will match whatever they collect.

Connie says the memorial is needed to honor heroes of the past and to teach future Americans about the bravery in the sky that day.

"The best part is when the kids come give a donation," Connie said. "When they drop money in the bucket, their parents give us a chance to explain this to them. That's very important. The kids need to learn about this and we need to learn to never forget."

Below is a nice email from George telling you where they will be selling these flags on Memorial Day and the July 4th weekends. it also mentions where you can get more information.

May 28-29
9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. at Sam's Club on Va. Beach Blvd. in Va. Beach
July 2-3
9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. at Sam's Club on Va. Beach Blvd. in Va. Beach

You can also order the flags or make donations online.