Nearly everyone thinks about the Twin Towers when they recall the morning of 9/11. But 40 other Americans died that day on United Flight 93, when the passengers and crew members fought back against the terrorists and stopped another tragic attack.
This weekend is the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and people around the country will be holding memorial services. On Saturday, the first phase of a national memorial will be dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew that lost their lives when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11th, 2001.
Terry Shaffer, chief of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department, said:
“We had a hazmat scene with jet fuel and human remains and the bits and pieces of the plane scattered about… The smell of jet fuel and human remains is not something you ever forget.”
According to News 24, both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be attend the event. President Obama is scheduled to head to Shanksville on Sunday, when wreaths will be placed around the crash site.
The story of United 93 has been made into two television dramas and a Hollywood movie. Still, it doesn’t seem like the story gets the attention that it deserves.
When the terrorists took control of the plane, the passengers had to think fast. They had to gather information, formulate a plan, vote on a plan, and then act. CBS reports that United 93 was heading toward Washington D.C., but thanks to the brave men and women on Flight 93, the terrorists were forced to crash the plane early into rural Shanksville.
Are you planning anything special for the 10th anniversary of 9/11?