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Today, America remembers the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. While 20 years has passed, we will #NeverForget the 2,977 Americans who lost their lives on 9/11 and all those who answered the call to fight terrorism and protect our country. May God bless the USA. #343

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I remember the day vividly. I was concerned for my Son when the first plane hit. He always got off the train from New Jersey at the WTC. That, plus the fact that he had a business meeting that morning in the WTC, and was going to visit with some friends that worked there, after the meeting. Possibly have lunch together, if it was near noon, when the meeting was over.

He was sitting in his office, about a half block away, and saw the first plane hit, while he was looking out the window. As details developed, he realized that my wife and I would be worried, so he called me, insuring me he was at his own office, and not at the WTC. He expressed concerns for friends, whom he played softball with every weekend in Central Park.

Then I told him I'd call him back, hanging up to call my wife who was at work, to insure she knew he was okay, and wasn't in the building when it was hit. After I talked to her, I hung up, and called my son, to see if he knew any more. Since his desk was near the window, and facing it, he could see everything happening.

We talked about it being such a horrible accident. Then he said; "Dad? Can you see it? There's another plane. It's heading towards the towers." It wasn't visible yet on TV.

"Son of a bitch!" He said. "It's going to hit!" Then I saw it on TV, as it struck the building.

I don't remember our words after that. It was all a blur. We knew it was not an accident. We knew it was an act of terror, or we were at war.

We talked for quite some time, and then they ordered that the building he was in be evacuated, and that everyone was instructed to go home.

That day he walked across the bridge home, to New Jersey.

Over the next three or four days, he learned that 8 of the 9 guys that were on his softball team had died in the first crash. He's never gotten past that.

To him, the story continued for another 14 years, as he rehabbed a knee that kept him out of the military. When he accomplished it, he enlisted in the Army, and served a tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic at an FOB that was constantly in harm's way. It's quite a story, and he has over 1,000 pictures he had taken by people working with him, and he did his job on the post, in the field, and helping local Afghans develop clinics to help their own.

Meanwhile, after the towers were hit, my wife started a fund raising campaign where she worked. She expanded out to all the businesses and companies nearby. She was able to generate over $3,000 which was sent directly to the WTC fund.

Sorry! Just good memories of my family to share.
 

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I remember the day vividly. I was concerned for my Son when the first plane hit. He always got off the train from New Jersey at the WTC. That, plus the fact that he had a business meeting that morning in the WTC, and was going to visit with some friends that worked there, after the meeting. Possibly have lunch together, if it was near noon, when the meeting was over.

He was sitting in his office, about a half block away, and saw the first plane hit, while he was looking out the window. As details developed, he realized that my wife and I would be worried, so he called me, insuring me he was at his own office, and not at the WTC. He expressed concerns for friends, whom he played softball with every weekend in Central Park.

Then I told him I'd call him back, hanging up to call my wife who was at work, to insure she knew he was okay, and wasn't in the building when it was hit. After I talked to her, I hung up, and called my son, to see if he knew any more. Since his desk was near the window, and facing it, he could see everything happening.

We talked about it being such a horrible accident. Then he said; "Dad? Can you see it? There's another plane. It's heading towards the towers." It wasn't visible yet on TV.

"Son of a bitch!" He said. "It's going to hit!" Then I saw it on TV, as it struck the building.

I don't remember our words after that. It was all a blur. We knew it was not an accident. We knew it was an act of terror, or we were at war.

We talked for quite some time, and then they ordered that the building he was in be evacuated, and that everyone was instructed to go home.

That day he walked across the bridge home, to New Jersey.

Over the next three or four days, he learned that 8 of the 9 guys that were on his softball team had died in the first crash. He's never gotten past that.

To him, the story continued for another 14 years, as he rehabbed a knee that kept him out of the military. When he accomplished it, he enlisted in the Army, and served a tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic at an FOB that was constantly in harm's way. It's quite a story, and he has over 1,000 pictures he had taken by people working with him, and he did his job on the post, in the field, and helping local Afghans develop clinics to help their own.

Meanwhile, after the towers were hit, my wife started a fund raising campaign where she worked. She expanded out to all the businesses and companies nearby. She was able to generate over $3,000 which was sent directly to the WTC fund.

Sorry! Just good memories of my family to share.
Wow TW that had to be so scary for you and your son.
 

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Wow TW that had to be so scary for you and your son.
My heart was in my throat fearing something might have happened to him. When he called, it was like a huge weight was lifted off my chest.
 

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My cousin Bernard worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, I believe floor 101 of the North Tower. He got in early that day and called his son before school to talk about the Giants game (they just played on Monday night). He tried to call home again before the tower fell but all they got was a voice mail of him saying “hello? Hello?” before static. They identified his remains a year later at the Staten Island dump site. In fall of 2019 I watched his son get married. Crazy how time flies.

The world has changed in so many ways since then, and not for the better. I still find it incredibly inspiring to read about the individual bravery shown that day, and to see and hear people’s emotions, no matter how devastating. It should bring us together as a country, and hope it does in the future.
 

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Todd: Hello? Operator, listen to me. I can’t speak very loud. – This is an emergency. I’m a passenger on a United flight to San Francisco. We have a situation here. Our plane has been hijacked. Can you understand me?
Lisa: I understand. Can the hijackers see you talking on the phone?
Todd: No
Lisa: Can you tell me how many hijackers are on the plane?
Todd: There are three that we know of.
Lisa: Can you see any weapons? What kind of weapons do they have?
Todd: Yes. They don’t have guns, they have knives – they took over the plane with knives.
Lisa: Do you mean like steak knives?
Todd: No, these are razor knives, like box cutters.
Lisa: Can you tell what country these people are from?
Todd: No. I don’t know. They sound like they’re from the mid-east.
Lisa: Have they said what they want?
Todd: Someone announced from the cockpit that there was a bomb on board. He said he was the captain and to stay in our seats and stay quiet.
He said that they were meeting these men’s demands and returning to the airport… It was very broken English, and I’m telling you it sounded fake!
Lisa: Ok sir, please give me your name.
Todd: My name is Todd Beamer.
Lisa: Ok Todd, my name is Lisa. Do you know your flight number? If you can’t remember, it’s on your ticket.
Todd: It’s United Flight 93.
Lisa: Now Todd, can you try to tell me exactly what happened?
Todd: Two of the hijackers were sitting in first class near the cockpit. A third one was sitting near the back of the coach section. The two up. front got into the cockpit somehow; there was shouting. The third hijacker said he had a bomb. It looks like a bomb. He’s got it tied to his waist with a red belt of some kind.
Lisa: So is the door to the cockpit open?
Todd: No, the hijackers shut it behind them.
Lisa: Has anyone been injured?
Todd: Yes, they, they killed one passenger sitting in first class. There’s been lots of shouting. We don’t know if the pilots are dead or alive. A flight attendant told me that the pilot and copilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded.
Lisa: Where is the 3rd hijacker now Todd?
Todd: He’s near the back of the plane. They forced most of the passengers into first class. There are fourteen of us here in the back. Five are flight attendants. He hasn’t noticed that I slipped into this pantry to get the phone. The guy with the bomb ordered us to sit on the floor in the rear of the plane. Oh Jesus! Help!
Lisa: Todd are you ok? Tell me what’s happening!
Todd: Hello? We’re going down. I think we’re going to crash. Wait... wait a minute. No, we’re leveling off, we’re ok. I think we may be turning around. That’s it – we changed directions. Do you hear me? We’re flying east again.
Lisa: Ok Todd, what’s going on with the other passengers?
Todd: Everyone is really scared. A few passengers with cell phones have made calls to relatives. A guy, Jeremy, was talking to his wife just before the hijacking started. She told him that hijackers had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center, Lisa is that true??
Lisa: Todd I have to tell you the truth it’s very bad. The World Trade Center is gone. Both of the towers have been destroyed.
Todd: Oh God —help us!
Lisa: A third plane was taken over by terrorists. It crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Our country is under attack and I’m afraid that your plane may be part of their plan.
Todd: Oh dear God. Dear God. Lisa, will you do something for me?
Lisa: I’ll try. If I can. Yes.
Todd: I want you to call my wife and my kids for me and tell them what’s happened. Promise me you’ll call.
Lisa: I promise – I’ll call.
Todd: Our home number is 201 353-1073. You have the same name as my wife, Lisa. We’ve been married for 10 years. She’s pregnant with our 3rd child. Tell her that I love her. I’ll always love her. We have two boys. David, he’s 3 and Andrew, he’s 1. Tell them. Tell them that their daddy loves them and that he is so proud of them. Our baby is due January 12th.I saw an ultra sound it was great, we still don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy. Lisa?
Lisa: I’ll tell them, I promise Todd.
Todd: I’m going back to the group—if I can get back I will.
Lisa: Todd, leave this line open are you still there?
Lisa: (dials the phone.) Hello, FBI, my name is Lisa Jefferson, I’m a telephone supervisor for GTE. I need to report a terrorist hijacking of a United Airlines Flight 93. Yes I’ll hold.
Goodwin: Hello, this is Agent Goodwin. I understand you have a hijacking situation?
Lisa: Yes sir, I’ve been talking with a passenger, a Todd Beamer, on Flight 93 who managed to get to an air phone unnoticed.
Goodwin: Where did this flight originate, and what was its destination?
Lisa: The flight left Newark New Jersey at 8 A.M. departing for San Francisco. The hijackers took over the plane shortly after takeoff, and several minutes later the plane changed course – it is now flying east.
Goodwin: Ms. Jefferson I need to talk to someone aboard that plane. Can you get me thru to the planes phone?
Lisa: I still have that line open sir, I can patch you through on a conference call hold a moment
Todd: Hello Lisa, Lisa are you there?
Lisa: Yes, I’m here. Todd, I made a call to the FBI, Agent Goodwin is on the line and will be talking to you as well.
Todd: The others all know that this isn’t your normal hijacking. Jeremy called his wife again on his cell phone. She told him more about the World Trade Center and all.
Goodwin: Hello Todd. This is Agent Goodwin with the FBI. We have been monitoring your flight. Your plane is on a course for Washington, DC. These terrorists sent two planes into the World Trade Center and one plane into the Pentagon. Our best guess is that they plan to fly your plane into either the White House or the United States Capital Building.
Todd: I understand, hold on I’ll be back..
Lisa: Mr. Goodwin, how much time do they have before they get to Washington?
Goodwin: Not long ma’am. They changed course over Cleveland; they’re approaching Pittsburgh now. Washington may be twenty minutes away.
Todd: The plane seems to be changing directions just a little. It’s getting pretty rough up here. The plane is flying real erratic. We’re not going to make it out of here. Listen to me I want you to hear this I have talked with the others. We have decided we would not be pawns in these hijackers suicidal plot.
Lisa: Todd, what are you going to do?
Todd: We’ve hatched a plan. Four of us are going to rush the hijacker with the bomb. After we take him out, we’ll break into the cockpit. A stewardess is getting some boiling water to throw on the hijackers at the controls. We’ll get them and we’ll take them out. Lisa, will you do one last thing for me?
Lisa: Yes. What is it?
Todd: Would you pray with me?
They pray: Our father which art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive our trespassers,
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
Forever. Amen
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
He restores my soul
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
Todd: God help me. Jesus help me.
Are you guys ready?
Let’s Roll.
 

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I just pray we don't get lax in our security and allow something like this to happen again.
 
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