These people and this event are deserving of some sort of National Memorial. I wonder at the 1200 acre proposal. I've e-mailed the NPS because I believe that to be around the size of the Gettysburg Cemetery. I think that much space is 'overkill'. I also think a scholarship would be great but a memorial is necessary. A simple memorial. Those passengers got news of what was happening and took steps to prevent it at huge personal cost. They were not service people or police. They had sworn no oaths.
Clearly they were at risk and this active plan was probably a desperate effort that offered at least a small hope of survival, but they did not have to do it. They could have taken the easy, passive way out and no one would have blamed them. Our country was/is probably safer and stronger for their efforts and we owe them just as we owe all those who lay down their lives for this country. Build them a monument....don't build them the Taj Mahal. The Wall in D.C., the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach are just two examples of smaller structures that speak volumes and keep alive the story of what people did.
By the way, the idea of the families' having to raise matching funds to insure a monument is particularly abhorrent in light of the nature of the sacrifice. I hope I misunderstood and the fundraising is only to get a 'large enough' monument in which case I feel its misguided.
"I adore art...when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear"-Giuseppe Verdi