#September11: “Let’s Roll”
#September11: “Let’s Roll”
In an instant, on that September 11th clear sky blue day at 8:46 AM everything changed. We all know where we were, what we were doing, and who we were talking to.
We remember the stunned disbelief, the tears, the rage, the heroism, the acts of kindness, and the RESOLVE exhibited that day and in the days to come.
For me, so many things from 9/11 have impacted me and given me my own brand of American Resolve. None more so than a single two word sentence spoken by a group of exceptional Americans on Flight 93.
On that day Tom Burnett, senior VP and COO of Thoratec Corporation was headed home to his wife Deanna. His calls to her show his and the others resolve in forming a plan to thwart the terrorists plan of attack. Mark Bingham, a successful public relations executive, and a cutthroat rugby player who never politicized nor advertised that he was gay, rushed onto the plane at the last minute. Little did he know, he’d play a key role in saving countless American lives.
“He said: `Lyz, I need to know something. One of the other passengers has talked to their spouse and he has said they were crashing planes into the World Trade Centre. Is that true?’ ”
Mrs Glick hesitated. “You need to be strong,” she replied, “but, yes, they are doing that. He knew something very bad was going to happen. Were they going to blow the plane up, or was it going to crash into something else, he wanted to know, because that made all the difference.”
Flight attendant Sandra Bradshaw called her husband Phil for advice and to tell him what was happening. She wanted to know if he had any other ideas of how to stop the terrorists besides throwing hot water on them. Understandably he was stunned and caught off guard, but I can only imagine her resolve and determination as she rushed forward carrying a pot of boiling water at the ready so as to inflict as much damage as possible on those who dare attack her, the crew, the passengers she was responsible for, and America.
Todd Beamer, a 32 year old account manager, not wanting to worry his pregnant wife (Lisa) and 2 children (David and Andrew), called an operator with Verizon.
As the FBI listened in; Lisa Jefferson, the Verizon supervisor, recalls that they talked about his family and recited the Lord’s Prayer with other passengers joining in. Todd was, as were all the others, terrified of what was happening. Yet he and the others banded together. With their actions and their resolve, they epitomized the last words Todd uttered:
26 calls were made from the in-flight phones to loved ones, 911 operators and more. Scared out of their minds and angry. Angry that terrorists had taken over their plane. Angry that terrorists had already killed Americans by driving other planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Full of anger and resolve, they banded together. They planned to rush the terrorists and take them down so that no other Americans would die. Each American on that plane knew they would probably die, but they did it anyway. They – Exceptional Americans all looked at each other and with strong unshakeable resolve said:
On that clear blue sky 9/11 day, Flight 93 crashed into that Shanksille PA field. 40 Americans fought back for themselves and America and gave their lives.
The lives they saved cannot be measured.
This country, this Republic, and each individual American has and will face times of adversity that may be large, small and at times seemingly insurmountable. However, let us Never Forget and always give Thanks for those 40 exceptional Americans including Tom Burnett, Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham, Todd Beamer, and Sandra Bradshaw. The example they set is one worth remembering and following.