May We Never Forget The Flight 93 Heroes
The unlikely Flight 93 heroes had no idea that what was supposed to be a flight from Newark, NJ to San Francisco, CA would turn into the ultimate story of sacrifice. On the fateful day of September 11, 2001, no one could have dreamed that these 40 passengers would overtake a plane and cause the hijackers to lose control. And that they would be responsible for saving the White House.
On this day, 9/11/ 13, we pause to remember all the heroes who died on 9/11/2001 and who perished last year in Benghazi. There are no words to truly express the horror and the gratitude for simple sacrifice. And for courage and bravery in the certain face of death.
The Flight 93 heroes did the unthinkable, fighting back against the terrorists on their plane. In a span of 22 minutes, they were able to deduce that their flight was going to be used as a weapon of mass destruction. And that the intended target was the Capitol or the White House.
And in those moments of precious time, faced with certain death, they made the most heroic decision. Faced with Islamic terrorists armed with box cutters, who had already slaughtered the plane’s pilots, they took action. They chose to fight back.
It would have been much easier to not do anything. To not risk a greater struggle, and to not risk the plane going into free fall. But these brave men and women thought about saving the lives of others, about the nation itself. It is impossible to think of such a scenario and what one would do in a similar situation. But the passengers on Flight 93 made the decision to go out fighting for freedom in the face of death.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said, “We never know when we’ll be called to lay down our lives for others,” she said, speaking of the bravery of passengers and crew who fought back against the hijackers.
And that is exactly what the passengers on Flight 93 did. They laid down their lives for their fellow Americans. Without hesitation and without reserve, they charged and countless persons were saved because of it.
As passenger Todd Beamer issued the rallying cry “Let’s roll,” he and several fellow passengers rushed down the airliner’s aisle to try to overwhelm the hijackers after learning of the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
A hero doesn’t defy death. A hero looks it straight in the eye and does what he or she has to do in a moment’s notice. When the passengers rushed down the aisle, the plane spiraled out of control. The hijackers had lost. And the plane nose-dived before crashing into a field near Shanksville, PA.
The Lord spared the Capital or the White House that day and in a most unlikely way. Sadly, brave men and women lost their lives that day to an enemy that has no capacity for mercy. Only senseless slaughter.
Today the battle against Islam rages on, and the Benghazi four paid the price for an Administration’s lies and deceitful coverup. Sadly, those on Flight 93 died fighting an enemy that we have yet to recognize or acknowledge. One we pander to.
But may we never forget what they did on that day in charging after the forces of evil, in forcing a plane to go down in a field away from Washington, D.C. The heroes of Flight 93 did not die in vain. May we never forget.