Native Writes: Let's Roll!

This is being written on Sept. 11, “Patriot’s Day” and we are all thinking about the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Most people mention the towers, since this was most graphic, but the other plane crashes are important, as well, but are seldom mentioned.

More people died in and around the twin towers, a plane hit the Pentagon and a plane scheduled to hit the White House was crashed by passenger action into a small field in Pennsylvania.

People didn’t sit and weep, they made the ultimate sacrifice.

The words, “Let’s roll,” should become a rallying cry whenever something endangers any part of our nation.

According to accounts of cell phone conversations, passengers Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham and Jeremy Glick formed a plan to take the plane back from the hijackers. Other passengers and two flight attendants ultimately decided to storm the cockpit and take over the plane.

Prayers were said and Beamer said, “Are you ready? Let’s roll,” as the passengers stormed the cockpit. During the struggle, the aircraft lost control and crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township Pa., saving the hijackers’ intended target and sparing additional victims, including President George W. Bush.

It has been said that the mastermind behind the entire plan was Osama Bin Laden. Nineteen members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airline planes. Two of the planes were deliberately crashed into the towers in a suicide attack.

Some 3,000 people died during New York City attack, including all the passengers on the planes. Among the rescue personnel who died were 343 firemen and paramedics. Additionally, 37 Port Authority police officers and 23 New York City police officers perished.

American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west walls of the Pentagon killing 124 people. All 64 passengers on the plane died.

A fourth hijacked plane, United Flight 93, crashed in western Pennsylvania after its passengers attempted to retake control from the hijackers. 45 passengers were killed in the crash.

Today, we see photo after photo and video after video on the New York City attack, but what about the others? We are not out of danger.

We need to make Patriot’s Day a national holiday and remember why.

Are you ready? Let’s roll.