Seven years ago, the official notification of crash of United 93 into a field at Shanksville, Pa. was received at 10:15am Eastern.
Reader Jeffrey sent me a pic and e-mail this morning: “[The photo is the] license on my Suburban. It has been (for many years) my way of remembering not only the victims of 9/11 (especially Flight 93) but that our world as we knew it changed forever that Tuesday. Today is of course is 9/11. Somehow, in the seven years since that tragic day, politics have overcome remembrance. This is a day that you are not Republican or Democrat – liberal or conservative. This is a day we are all Americans.”
The famous heroes we’ll never forget:
UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93
United Airlines Flight 93, from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California, crashed in rural southwest Pennsylvania, with 45 people on board.
Jason Dahl, 43, from Denver, Colorado, was the plane’s captain. He had a wife and son. Dahl had a lifelong interest in flying, said his aunt, Maxine Atkinson, of Waterloo, Iowa.
Leroy Homer, 36, from Marlton, New Jersey, was the first officer on board. He was married and had a daughter.
Lorraine Bay was a flight attendant.
Sandra Bradshaw, 38, of Greensboro, North Carolina, was a flight attendant.
Wanda Green was a flight attendant.
CeeCee Lyles of Fort Myers, Florida, was a flight attendant. She reached her husband, Lorne, by cell phone to tell him that she loved him and their children before the plane went down. The couple between them had four children.
Deborah Welsh was a flight attendant.
Todd Beamer, 32, was from Cranbury, New Jersey.
Alan Beaven, 48, of Oakland, California, was an environmental lawyer.
Mark Bingham, 31, of San Francisco owned a public relations firm, the Bingham Group. He called his mother, Alice Hoglan, 15 minutes before the plane crashed and told her that the plane had been taken over by three men who claimed to have a bomb. Hoglan said her son told her that some passengers planned to try to regain control of the plane. “He said, ‘I love you very, very much, ‘ ” Hoglan said.
Deora Bodley, 20, of Santa Clara, California, was a university student.
Thomas E. Burnett Jr., 38, of San Ramon, California, was a senior vice president and chief operating officer of Thoratec Corp., a medical research and development company, and the father of three. He made four calls to his wife, Deena, from the plane. Deena Burnett said that her husband told her that one passenger had been stabbed and that “a group of us are going to do something.” He also told her that the people on board knew about the attack on the World Trade Center, apparently through other phone calls.
Edward Felt, 41, was from Matawan, New Jersey.
Jeremy Glick, 31, from West Milford, New Jersey, called his wife, Liz, and in-laws in New York on a cell phone to tell them the plane had been hijacked, Joanne Makely, Glick’s mother-in-law, told CNN. Glick said that one of the hijackers “had a red box he said was a bomb, and one had a knife of some nature,” Makely said. Glick asked Makely if the reports about the attacks on the World Trade Center were true, and she told him they were. He left the phone for a while, returning to say, “The men voted to attack the terrorists,” Makely said.
Lauren Grandcolas of San Rafael, California, was a sales worker at Good Housekeeping magazine.
Donald F. Green, 52, was from Greenwich, Connecticut.
Richard Guadagno, 38, of Eureka, California, was the manager of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Christine Snyder, 32, was from Kailua, Hawaii. She was an arborist for the Outdoor Circle and was returning from a conference in Washington. She had been married less than a year.