Four minutes later, American Airlines Flight 11 struck One World Trade Center.
At 9:28, the four Islamofascist terrorists aboard the Boeing 757 struck. A few minutes later, passengers and crew began using the onboard Airfones and their cell phones to contact loved ones. The terrorists had told the passengers that there was a bomb on board and they were returning to the airport. They had lied.
United Airlines 757-222, N591UA, was the bomb.
The passengers and crew were told by their loved ones about the World Trade Center. They were told about the Pentagon. They looked at each other, and came to a decision:
The defense of the United States of America is up to us.
Free men must stand between the violence of war and the homes that we love.
"We have to do something. I'm putting a plan together." ("Who's helping you?") "Different people. Several people. There's a group of us....We can't wait for the authorities...It's up to us. I think we can do it." -- Passenger Tom Burnett, to his wife, Deena.As their civilian forefathers at Lexington and Concord in 1775, these brave men and women rose up to stand for liberty against tyranny. They armed themselves as best they could, and they struck.
At 9:57, the passengers and crew charged forward.
They breached the cockpit. The terrorists knew that they had failed; they knew they would not reach their intended target. They pitched the plane down.
United 93 impacted the ground in Stonycreek Township, PA at 10:03:11, September 11, 2001.
Forty lost their lives, and we mourn the loss their families suffered. Their lives were not lost in vain. On September 11, 2001 our Nation suffered three great defeats - and one inspiring victory.
Were I designing and building the Flight 93 National Memorial, it would feature the people fighting back, and the main inscription on the site would read as follows:
UPON THIS GROUND, THE FIRST VICTORY OF THE WAR ON TERROR WAS WON
Christian Adams - FA Lorraine G. Bay, UAL - Todd M. Beamer - Alan Anthony Beaven - Mark Bingham - Deora Frances Bodley - FA Sandy Waugh Bradshaw, UAL - Marion R. Britton - Thomas E. Burnett Jr - William Joseph Cashman - Georgine Rose Corrigan - Patricia Cushing - Capt Jason M. Dahl, UAL - Joseph DeLuca - Patrick Joseph Driscoll - Edward Porter Felt - Jane C. Folger - Colleen L. Fraser - Andrew "Sonny" Garcia - Jeremy Logan Glick - Kristin Osterholm White Gould - Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas - FA Wanda Anita Green, UAL - Donald Freeman Greene - Linda Gronlund - Richard J. Guadagno - FO LeRoy Homer, UAL (Major, USAFR) - Toshiya Kuge - FA CeeCee Ross Lyles, UAL - Hilda Marcin - Waleska Martinez - Nicole Carol Miller - Louis J. Nacke II - Donald Arthur Peterson - Jean Hoadley Peterson - Mark David Rothenburg - Christine Ann Snyder - John Talignani - Honor Elizabeth Wainio - FA Deborah Jacobs Welsh, UAL