Article by Bryan Howard
September 11, 2018
It is the 17th Anniversary of the Horrific 9/11 attacks that left America scarred but not broken. The Islamic terrorists were able to fly two planes into the World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon killing thousands.
However, Islamic terrorists seemed to underestimate the heart and soul of God loving Americans when confronted with the face of evil. The greatest example of this heart of heroism can be found in the story of flight 93 when passengers decided to fight back against the terrorist hijackers, led by Tom Burnett and his heroic last words to his wife “Don’t worry, we’re going to do something.”
Tom Burnett phone call with his wife Deena before he acted.
Tom: We’re waiting until we’re over a rural area. We’re going to take back the airplane.
Deena: No! Sit down, be still, be quiet, and don’t draw attention to yourself! (The exact words taught to me by Delta Airlines Flight Attendant Training).
Tom: Deena! If they’re going to crash this plane into the ground, we’re going to have do something!
Deena: What about the authorities?
Tom: We can’t wait for the authorities. I don’t know what they could do anyway.
It’s up to us. I think we can do it.
Deena: What do you want me to do?
Tom: Pray, Deena, just pray.
(after a long pause)
Deena: I love you.
Tom: Don’t worry, we’re going to do something…
Tom Burnett embodies the American spirit that will not be broken and will not bend to the evil forces in the world. Tom showed his courage though his love for God, Family, and Country. God Bless Tom Burnett and every hero on flight 93.
Watch: Tom Burnett family speak of him and his heroism!
Watch crash scene from movie of United 93, a depiction of the heroism of the passengers.