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Flight Attendants Remember “Forgotten Heroes”

Date: September 9, 2002

WASHINGTON— Flight attendants from across the United States will honor the “forgotten heroes” of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as members of the Association of Flight Attendants will participate in more than a dozen memorial ceremonies held at locations around the country.

“This September 11, we will honor not only the memories of those we lost in the attacks, but we will honor the courage of the unrecognized heroes who kept flying in the days and weeks after the devastation,” said Patricia Friend, AFA International President, who will be participating in and speaking at a memorial in Greenwich Village in New York City.

“As flight attendants went back to work in the days following the attacks, there were no significant changes in security that made our jobs safer. Yet, as our families sat at home and watched the scenes of our workplace being crashed into buildings and how the flight attendants heroically fought to alert authorities, frustrate the attackers and ultimately were the first to lose their lives that fateful day, flight attendants kept flying.

“The necessary changes to enable us to properly protect ourselves and our passengers are still not put in place today,” Friend said. “But we will not quit. We will continue to work to ensure that the flight attendants get the training and tools we need so that the legacy of our lost colleagues is a safer and more secure workplace for flight attendants and passengers in the future.”

A list of the services in which flight attendants will be participating can be viewed at www.afanet.org.

More than 50,000 flight attendants at 26 airlines join together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. Visit us @ www.afanet.org.

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