There ought to be a postage stamp!
On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on U.S. soil, we ride the shoulders of heroes.
One of those rare (and thankfully so) occasions where you remember where you were. The Head Groundskeeper, flat on his back as a urologist conducted a cystoscopy test. (A long, thin, flexible tube with a light and a small video camera is inserted right up your jimmy johnson). The doctor alternated between following her progress on the monitor and switching her gaze to the TV screen, tracking the horror unfolding at the Twin Towers.
Back at the office, typed into the State of Wisconsin-issue computer, “We are all Israelis now.”
America could use a heavy dose of inspiration in these days of defeat, disease, and mutual distrust. There were thousands of heroes on 09-11-01. Maybe the prototype was a husband and father aboard the fourth hijacked passenger jetliner. An average citizen; a software salesman. By that time, the passengers on United Flight 93 were fully aware of their intended fate.
The best of America
Many passengers made phone calls during the flight, but Todd Beamer’s call with Airfone operator Lisa Jefferson became the fullest account of what took place in the air that day. He remained on the line for 14 minutes, describing the direction of the plane, the hijackers’ behavior and, eventually, the passengers’ decision to revolt.
“His voice was devoid of any stress,” Ms. Jefferson later said. “In fact, he sounded so tranquil it made me begin to doubt the authenticity and urgency of his call.” …
The hijackers pitched the plane back and forth sharply in a failed attempt to shake their attackers off their feet. The cockpit recording, filled with slams, shattering plates, and howls, reveals that the terrorists took the plane down only after six minutes of the passengers’ sustained assault. … Before ending his call with Ms. Jefferson, Beamer asked, “Would you do one last thing for me?”
“Yes. What is it?” she answered.
“Would you pray with me?”
They said the Lord’s Prayer together in full, and other passengers joined in. Beamer then recited Psalm 23, concluding, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”
Immediately after, he turned to his co-conspirators and asked, “Are you guys ready? OK, let’s roll.”
Who shall be our heroes today?