As the nation pauses today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks it is easy for the story of the brave Americans aboard the ill-fated United Flight 93 to be lost. The greatest loss of life occurred at Ground Zero and the Pentagon, and thus, it is to be expected that most of the focus would be on the horrific and tragic scenes associated with those two components of the attacks.
However, the story of United Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, is a testament to American bravery.
No greater depiction of that event exists than the film 'United 93,' which details the actions of the Americans who were aboard the hijacked airliner that was headed for the U.S. Capitol building on September 11, 2001. The film is not for the faint of heart. In fact, it is excruciatingly draining. Yet it is a MUST-see for all Americans, particularly at this juncture when the passing of time and the gradual insidious creep of revisionism threaten to scrub those events from our collective memory as a nation.
Many of the individuals who were involved in the military, the government, air traffic control, and emergency services appear in the film to play themselves.
As a living testament to the men and women aboard that plane who were willing to die before allowing the aircraft to crash into our nation's capital, the film is stark. One passenger, Todd Beamer, after telling his wife on his cell phone that he loved her, whispered to his fellow patriots, 'Let's roll,' just before they stormed the hijackers, burst through the door to the cockpit, and attempted to wrest control of the plane from the hijacker pilot before the aircraft plowed into the Pennsylvania countryside.
The four hijackers, all young Islamist men of Middle Eastern descent, stabbed one passenger in the neck with a long knife before butchering the pilot, the co-pilot, and a stewardess. As the events unfolded the passengers became aware through their phone contacts that the Twin Towers had been hit and that another plane had crashed into the Pentagon. They each tearfully bid their loved ones goodbye.
Why should such a film be highlighted now, at this point in time?