A lot of people have written a status about the first responders and the victims of 9/11, and while every owes a debt of gratitude for the first responders and a moment of reflection for those who lost their lives I would like to remind everyone about another group that day who I have almost unparalled respect for: The passengers of flight 93.
I’m certain everyone knows of them, but I have not yet head their praise. Four flights were hijacked on 9/11, but only three hit their… designated targets. They learned about the attacks in NYC and against the Pentagon.
The passengers of flight 93 weren’t soldiers, they weren’t warriors or fighters, they were American citizens. Perhaps they believed they could seize back control of their flight or perhaps they knew they could not, either way they made the decision not to be victims and chose to wrestle control of their fate into their own hands.
Although every single one of them perished in a field in Pennsylvania they saved an unknown quantity of American lives that day. We don’t know if their hands were ever laid on the controls of the cockpit, but the flight recorder reveals they had breached the cockpit doors. They went down fighting, and I believe their actions that day strongly reflect the enduring American spirit.
Hollywood was able to make a respectful film about the event that honors those who died that day. These are the final moments of the Flight 93 as depicted in the film.