Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering the passengers and crew of United Flight 93

Ten years ago on September 11, 2001 ... the forty passengers and crew members of United Flight 93 perished into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, when terrorists were overtaken by heroes to prevent an attack in Washington, DC, on the Capitol or White House.

There was one more innocent life lost that day. Passenger Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas was expecting a child ... that child is remembered ... 40 (+1).

The Flight 93 names were read at the beginning of the Flight 93 National Memorial dedication ceremony.

— Capt. Jason M. Dahl
— First Officer LeRoy Homer
— Lorraine G. Bay
— Sandy Waugh Bradshaw
— Wanda Anita Green
— CeeCee Ross Lyles
— Deborah Jacobs Welsh

— Christian Adams
— Todd M. Beamer
— Alan Anthony Beaven
— Mark Bingham
— Deora Frances Bodley
— Marion R. Britton
— Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.
— William Joseph Cashman
— Georgine Rose Corrigan
— Patricia Cushing
— Joseph DeLuca
— Patrick Joseph Driscoll
— Edward Porter Felt
— Jane C. Folger
— Colleen L. Fraser
— Andrew (Sonny) Garcia
— Jeremy Logan Glick
— Kristin Osterholm White Gould
— Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas and her unborn child
— Donald Freeman Greene
— Linda Gronlund
— Richard J. Guadagno
— Toshiya Kuge
— Hilda Marcin
— Waleska Martinez
— Nicole Carol Miller
— Louis J. Nacke II
— Donald Arthur Peterson
— Jean Hoadley Peterson
— Mark David Rothenberg
— Christine Ann Snyder
— John Talignani
— Honor Elizabeth Wainio

After the reading of the names, a piper played "Faith of Our Fathers" on the bagpipes as he walked along the Flight 93 memorial, and then merged into "Amazing Grace" against a backdrop of wildflowers in the rural Pennsylvania countryside. As he reverently made his way through the crowd, the strains of "Amazing Grace" faded away....

To the heroes ... thank you. We will never forget.

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