Gordon W. Felt of Remsen was in Pennsylvania today to speak at the 18th anniversary observance for United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed there on Sept. 11, 2001 after passengers fought back against terrorist hijackers.
Felt, whose brother Edward Porter Felt was among 40 passengers and crew who died in the crash, said Tuesday the theme of his remarks included “remembrance” and that people should use the “example of the heroes of Flight 93 to lead us in our quest to be better.”
Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt were among other scheduled speakers this morning for the observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial site in Somerset County, Pa. near Shanksville.
Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93 organization, has spoken at several of the annual observances in Pennsylvania. He noted “it is always an honor to represent the families of Flight 93 as we remember our loved ones at the site where they perished while fighting for their lives.”
The efforts of the passengers and crew members in fighting back against the hijackers that day are believed to have prevented terrorists from carrying out plans to take the plane to Washington, D.C. and crash it into the Capitol. Two other planes that were hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 crashed into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City, while another hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
“I ask that we all commit ourselves to remembering all that we lost that morning 18 years ago as well as how we all came together in the aftermath of Sept. 11th, not only on this day, but throughout the year,” Felt commented. Regarding Pence also speaking at today’s Pennsylvania observance, Felt said “it is always an honor to have a sitting vice president attend our services. His presence reinforces our government’s commitment to honor the heroes of Flight 93.”
The Flight 93 National Memorial site includes a Wall of Names honoring the passengers and crew, a Tower of Voices with wind chimes in memory of the victims, and a visitor center