As we approach the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy amidst the deep divisions of our time it is more important than ever to recall the desperate heroism of the Citizen-Warriors who boarded United Flight 93. They were simply boarding a Boeing 757 to fly from Newark to San Francisco that morning. The passengers and crew were a diverse cross section of human beings. Not all were American. Toshiya Kuge was a 20 year old student from Waseda University in Japan. Christian Adams was a 37 year old German in the wine trade. Todd Beamer was a 32 year old father of two who worked for Oracle. Mark Bingham was a 31 year PR executive who was gay and had played rugby for UC Berkeley. Hilda Marcin, a 79 year old retired bookkeeper from New Jersey (oldest on the flight), was flying to California to move in with her daughter. First Officer Leroy Homer and flight attendant Cee-Cee Ross Lyles were black. Deora Frances Bodley, a student at Santa Clara, was the youngest person on that plane.
Flight 93 Memorial
In America Invaded we wrote this about Flight 93...
"The twenty-first century’s war against terrorism began in the airspace over Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, when combat erupted on United Flight 93. The Boeing 757, on a regularly scheduled flight from Newark to San Francisco, had been seized that morning by four Al Qaeda terrorists. Todd Beamer and other passengers, informed of the attacks on the World Trade Center, voted to storm the cockpit. The plane crashed into the countryside near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, rather than somewhere in the nation’s capital. Today it is a National Memorial preserved by the National Park Service (www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm)."
Lexington Green, MA
|"In the Cockpit. If We Don't, We'll Die"|
At about 10:03 EST Flight 93 slammed into the ground of an abandoned strip mine in western Pennsylvania near Shanksville. All on board, 7 crew members, 33 passengers and 4 hijackers were instantly killed.
|A Common Field one Day. A Field of Honor Forever.|
As a direct result of their actions the US Capitol building or, perhaps the White House, were spared from destruction. These targets in Washington DC were only about 20 minutes away from the crash site. Countless lives were saved by the heroic actions of the Citizen soldiers of Flight 93.
|Crash site of Flight 93|
|Todd Beamer's Oracle badge|
Flight 93 Memorial
Travel Notes: I am grateful to Tom McMillan's Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 (www.mazn.com/1493009346), to the staff of the Flight 93 Memorial and to all those victims and their families. Go see the Flight 93 Memorial for yourself and bring Kleenex (www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm)!
Thanks Daily Caller...http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/11/remembering-the-citizen-warriors-of-flight-93/
Listen to my Flight 93 interview with KFAB...www.iheart.com/podcast/139-Scott-Voorhees-27091316/episode/flight-93-28453778/
Signed copies of America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil are available here...www.americainvaded.com
Regular copies may be purchased from Amazon...www.amzn.com/0692902406
Or on Kindle...www.amzn.com/B073RJQ8PK
Listen to my interview with Bob Cudmore...http://bobcudmore.com/thehistorians/tracks/ChristopherKelly(August2017)(29)(mp3).mp3