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On September 11th 2001 the United States response to the war on terror began. Not with a launch of ballistic missiles, not with the landings of thousands of troops on a foreign shore, not with speeches designed to inspire. The US response began in much the same way as the American Revolution - a small group of ordinary people gathered extraordinary courage and fought back. This happened aboard United Flight 93 in the skies above Pennsylvania - mere minutes flying time from Washington DC.
This Sunday The Discovery Channel will present The Flight That Fought Back - the story of those heroes. I've just finished watching an advance copy of the DVD, and let me take this moment to express my thanks to the folks who sent it. It's truly an honor to have watched it. Thank you for telling this story.
To those reading this: Watching it once is not enough. When the DVD becomes available, buy it. The Discovery Channel will donate the profits to the Flight 93 National Memorial fund - an effort to create a lasting remembrance, the design for which was just selected this week. (Update: see below. Hold off on that purchase...)
This is a story with power, it will move you, and I think after watching the film you'll find yourself in the state I'm in, unable to find any words that can express the experience.
Except maybe these: Let's roll
Update: Michelle Malkin takes a look at the planned memorial. One of her readers comments:
"Looks like a memorial for the hijackers--not the victims! Incredible!"Yikes! It does indeed.
As long as that crescent remains in the design, I'm not donating a red cent to the memorial. I urge you to tell the National Parks Service and the Secretary of the Interior to rethink their plans."
The families (and all America) deserve better. The plan may need some, uh... minor tweaks... but the movie is awesome - don't miss it. (But do video tape/TIVO it.)
I just finished watching Disc chanel "Flt '93" I thought it was very well done. The heroes on that flight deserve more attention than they have been getting. Lets hope this will help. Surely the families of those brave souls can get a fitting monument. We surely hope so.Posted by Grannylu at September 12, 2005 03:27 AM
The opening stanza of Ralph Waldo Emersonís Concord Hymn (1837) feels most appropriate:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to Aprilís breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood;
And fired the shot heard íround the world.
ďLetís Roll.ĒPosted by insulinpundit at September 12, 2005 05:02 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)