This billboard is in Shanksville, PA on HWY 30 approximately 3 miles west of the main entrance of Flight 93 National Memorial.
Who are the Heroes of 9/11/01? That is left up to your definition of a hero.
Here are mine, they are not right, they are not wrong, these are my opinions:
My Heroes of 9/11 start with the news media people who brought this day to life, while doing their jobs on that bright sunny Tuesday morning in September of 2001.
I was in Detroit listening to Channel 95.5, Mojo in the morning. I was at the Michigan Catholic Credit Union in the drive thru when they were describing the television in their studio of a suspected commuter plane had just hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center, when the female person of the team. let out a scream and an Oh my God, followed by a Holy Crap (it was beeped out) i think and said another plane just hit the other tower. They saw it live and I saw it thru their eyes. I heard the fear, which then turned to concern, anger, and who did this. Me I was like it is in NYC it has nothing to do with me. I at the time was in the process of setting up a branch office of a mortgage company. I had appointments and meetings that day to get the business up and running. The rest of the media members that day who did not go home until it seemed like 9pm or later. Major networks carried non stop coverage.
There were other heroes that day and since… The 1st responders in NYC, including Firefighters, police officers, Port Authority police and countless ordinary people who helped a stranger down the stairs to safety, the people who kept everyone calm. The volunteers that came from all over the country to assist in any way they could
The men and women defending our country at the Pentagon both military and civilian who died on 9/11 doing what they loved Keep America safe & leading the greatest military in the free world..
The Crew and passengers of Flight 93, who prevented it from reaching its alleged destination Washington DC. To the family members who talked to the passengers before they chose to sacrifice themselves to save others, no words can bring your friends and loved ones back. Thank you for them thinking of others before themselves they are the definition of a TRUE HERO!
The FAA & air traffic Controllers who cleared the skies above the USA in less that 4 hours. to the rental car employees who probably had everything in the book said to them as they ran our of cars for not going off and making it worse.
The White House & NYC's Mayor's office for seeming so calm when I can only imagine the blood was boiling inside their veins.
Since 9/11 our Heroes are still Fire Fighters & Police Officers, but now we have Military men, women & their families who have been true heroes over the last 10 yrs. To those who served, Thank you To the families whose, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marine, Sailor, Soldier,. Firefighter, EMS, or Police Officer who lost a loved one during the last 10 years during their time on duty, THANK YOU! To the families we do not hear about the ones whose family members come back from war or the events of 9/11 and commit suicide. Their service is still heroic
To the inspirational people like Pat Tillman who gave up his career in the NFL and chose to serve with his brother in the Army, The USO who does its best to keep our troops morale up,
To Everyone inspired by the children of the last 10 years who set up non profits to make a difference in the lives of our troops…. like Brittany and Robbie Bergquist who set up Cell Phones for Soldier and Shauna Fleming who set up A Million thanks and has inspired millions to send letters and cards to our troops. The family members who saw a need and did something about it Marty Horn started Anysoldier.com as a way for people to connect with soldiers to send letters and care packages to. His son was deployed and described how some guys & girls in his aunt were not getting mail., same thing for Kathleen Lewis. who started sending care packages to her son and members of his unit that did not get them, her non profit is appropriately named Packages from Home to these non profits are making a difference in the lives of our troops, these are true heroes.
To everyone who has written a letter, sent an email, or sent a care package to our troops you are a hero because it could be your letter that gives the person receiving it a morale boost to know that you support them and give them a brighter day.
What were you doing & where were you on September 11, 2001?
Do you have a Hero if so who is he/she & why?