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I 40 for 40, Flight 93 Memorial Fundraiser

                                                                        The 40 heroes of Flight 93!

I have a plan to raise money for the Flight 93 Memorial. DID YOU KNOW IT IS THE ONLY 9/11 MEMORIAL NOT FULLY FUNDED!  I am going to drive I 40 from Wilmington, NC to Barstow,  CA then to LA to Shanksville, PA and finishing in Charlotte, NC the goal is to get people to donate an amount per mile if you donate

1 cent per Mile                                     $25.55    
5 cents per mile                                    127.76
10 cents per mile                                  255.51
25 cents per mile                                  638.75
40 cents per mile                                  1,022.8

If we get schools to get students to bring a quarter dime and nickel to school we would take that as well.  40 cents a student adds up if it is just schools along I 40.  if corporations along I 40 donated 40 cents per employee. 


When preliminary run this Fall leaving NC on or near 11/11/11 and returning by 11/22/11. then an annual run leaving Wilmington, NC on my birthday  8/27 NOTE:  My birthday is the same birthday as the co pilot on Flight 93 

What: Annual Drive of the I 40 Route, 2555.1 miles

Why to Raise Awareness of the heroics of the passengers & crew of Flight 93. & help fund the Flight 93 National Memorial.   & raise funds for flight 93 Memorial.

Who I am going to drive it this fall by myself and next year I plan to get others to drive 40 people to drive 67 miles each!  


We can do this together! 

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Starting a campaign for Flight 93 Memorial

Hi everyone.the Flight 93 memorial needs to get funded and we can do it!  Just one Quarter, Dime, and Nickel at a time.  why those denomination or the total.  Well everyone has a Quarter, Dime and nickel or can find one of each.  the reason for the total.  40… That is easy 40 cents,  one cent for each of the heroes on Flight 93. Of course 40 cents I would like to see donations of more.  whether you choose to donate to the Flight 93 memorial directly or though us or any other Charity know the money is going to end up putting the $10,000,000 shortage to bed.

Think about this there are over 500,000,000 users on Facebook and if just 5% or 25,000,000 people donated 40 cents that would be $10,000,000.00 which is the amount needed. 

more to come….

send checks to: 

A Rose of Thanks

PO Box 250
Newell, NC 28126
memo mention Flight 93

or go to paypal and enter

please annotate Flight 93 doantion! 

or if you would like to send it directly to the Flight 93 Memorial:


To donate to the memorial's fund-raising efforts, visit

Mailed donations can be made payable to the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign and sent to Flight 93 National Memorial, c/o National Park Foundation, 1201 Eye Street NW, Suite 550B Washington, DC 20005.

To send a donation through a cellular phone, text MEMORIAL to 90999 to make a $10 gift to the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign. When prompted, reply with "yes" to confirm your one-time mobile gift

Read more: Ex-presidents keep Flight 93 fund promise – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Plus you can visit the Flight 93 National Parks site at:


Please share this with your friends  and family. A Rose of Thanks has sent out over 30,000 cards to our troops and making a difference is what we do, & why not choose to make a difference for the 1st heroes who gave their lives to save countless others in the Global War on Terror!  The beutiful thing about A Rose of Thanks is it has grown to where it is at thanks to the help we get from others.  tweet is post it myspace it linkedin it lets get the word out!!!  and be the difference! 


What happened 12 days ago & What would a Quarter, Dime, & Nickle do?

That is the question what happened 12 days ago? We celebrated as a nation the 10 year Anniversary of September 11, 2001.  have you forgotten already?  If so why?  We need to keep those images from that day flowing and recognize the heroes of Flight 93 by finishing the funding of the Flight 93 memorial which I visited 12 days ago. 

This blog is meant to make people think that we should never forget what our veterans including me and the heroes aboard flight 93 have done for our country.  To me the passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 are Heroes in the truest sense. They chose to, after talking to their families, take action and sacrifice themselves the better of our country.  If they had just sat there how many congressmen and women &/or sentators would not be here today?  as the Capital building was one of the most talked about next targets.  How much more would our country have changed if that had happened?

Please forward this to your friends and tell them to do the same. 

if everyone on Facebook or everyone who witnessed the 2d plane hitting the world trade center on tv donated a quarter, dime, and nickle or 40 cents,  the Flight 93 memorial fund would be funded. Send your 40 cents to   

Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign
c/o National Park Foundation
1201 Eye St, NW, Suite 550B
Washington, DC 20005


Flight 93 Memorial
National Park Service
109 West Main Street, Suite 104
Somerset, PA 15501-2035

or you can donate online at:

For more information on 93 cents for flight 93 visit

An article about the billboard we put up in Shanksville, PA

Video from Flight 93 Memorial

Here is a short video of the Flight 93 Memorial. I was there both the 10th & 11th. Amazing place, in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania.

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Who are the Heroes of 9/11/01?



This billboard  is in Shanksville, PA on HWY 30 approximately 3 miles west of the main entrance of Flight 93 National Memorial. 

Who are the Heroes of 9/11/01?  That is left up to your definition of a hero.

Here are mine, they are not right, they are not wrong, these are my opinions:


My Heroes of 9/11 start with the news media people who brought this day to life, while doing their jobs on that bright sunny Tuesday morning in September of 2001.

I was in Detroit listening to Channel 95.5, Mojo in the morning.  I was at the Michigan Catholic Credit Union in the drive thru when they were describing the television  in their studio of a suspected commuter plane had just hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center,  when the female person of the team. let out a scream and an Oh my God, followed by a Holy Crap (it was beeped out) i think and said another plane just hit the other tower.  They saw it live and I saw it thru their eyes.  I heard the fear, which then turned to concern, anger, and who did this. Me I was like it is in NYC it has nothing to do with me.  I at the time was in the process of setting up a branch office of a mortgage company. I had appointments and meetings that day to get the business up and running.  The rest of the media members that day who did not go home until it seemed like 9pm or later. Major networks carried non stop coverage. 

There were other heroes that day and since… The 1st responders in NYC, including Firefighters, police officers, Port Authority police and countless ordinary people who helped a stranger down the stairs to safety, the people who kept everyone calm.  The volunteers that came from all over the country to assist in any way they could

The men and women defending our country at the Pentagon both military and civilian who died on 9/11 doing what they loved Keep America safe & leading the greatest military in the free world..

The Crew and passengers of Flight 93, who prevented it from reaching its alleged destination Washington DC. To the family members who talked to the passengers before they chose to sacrifice themselves to save others, no words can bring your friends and loved ones back. Thank you for them thinking of others before themselves they are the definition of a TRUE HERO!  


The FAA & air traffic Controllers who cleared the skies above the USA in less that 4 hours.  to the rental car employees who probably had everything in the book said to them as they ran our of cars for not going off and making it worse. 

The White House & NYC's Mayor's office for seeming so calm when I can only imagine the blood was boiling inside their veins. 

Since 9/11 our Heroes are still Fire Fighters & Police Officers, but now we have Military men, women & their families who have been true heroes over the last 10 yrs.  To those who served, Thank you To the families whose, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marine, Sailor, Soldier,. Firefighter, EMS, or  Police Officer who lost a loved one during the last 10 years during their time on duty, THANK YOU!  To the families we do not hear about the ones whose family members come back from war or the events of 9/11 and commit suicide. Their service is still heroic  

To the inspirational people like Pat Tillman who gave up his career in the NFL and chose to serve with his brother in the Army, The USO who does its best to keep our troops morale up,

To Everyone inspired by the children of the last 10 years who set up non profits to make a difference in the lives of our troops…. like Brittany and Robbie Bergquist who set up Cell Phones for Soldier and Shauna Fleming who set up A Million thanks and has inspired millions to send letters and cards to our troops. The family members who saw a need and did something about it Marty Horn started as a way for people to connect with soldiers to send letters and care packages to. His son  was deployed and described how some guys & girls in his aunt were not getting mail., same thing for Kathleen Lewis.  who started sending care packages to her son and members of his unit that did not get them, her non profit is appropriately named Packages from Home to these non profits are making a difference in the lives of our troops, these are true heroes. 

To everyone who has written a letter, sent an email, or sent a care package to our troops you are a hero because it could be your letter that gives the person receiving it a morale boost to know that you support them and give them a brighter day.

What were you doing & where were you on  September 11, 2001? 

Do you have a Hero if so who is he/she & why?

New page on site

Matthew Hunt (@aroseofthanks) has shared a Tweet with you:  “aroseofthanks: Check out the new page on our website” –

Think big or go home.

Ok it has been 4+ years since I went to the post office on Valentines Day 2007 and sent out the first card.  Since then we have touched over 25000 troops lives and countless others who have signed or personalized our cards.  I am proud of what we have done so far but we can do bigger & better b/c we are smaller.  I was on the flight headed to a friends wedding this weekend.  Thinking about how we can grow bigger and generate revenue. 

Upcoming events

A Rose of Thanks has a few events coming up I wanted to let you know about.
1.  August 13 & 14 Concord Mills Mall for Woman’s show.
2.  August 26 – 28 Food Lion Auto Fair Charlotte Motor Speedway
3.  September 3. Chick-Fil-A Kick off Game Fan Zone! Atlanta, GA

Non profits to follow at Vans Warped Tour


Vans Warped Tour this week!

A Rose of Thanks will be out at the Vans Warped Tour on Wednesday in VAN Beach, VA & Thursday in Charlotte, NC.  If you are coming out stop by the non profit area & sign a card for our troops.  Follow us on Twitter @aroseofthanks!