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We Will Never Forget.

Date: September 11, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen:

There have been many times in our lives where we have had to deal with a catastrophic loss that has created shock throughout America: the death of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Princess Dianna, and Elvis Presley to name a few. For the most part we remember these losses, but not all of us remember the specific dates.  

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, however, is a date that will never be forgotten. This date will always be remembered as one of the single most horrific days in America’s history where thousands lost their lives. That seemingly normal day changed the world and our lives as Flight Attendants forever.  That day we lost 35 Flight Attendants, Pilots and Customer Service Representatives.

Our fellow Flying Partners gave their lives in an attempt to save our aircraft, but most of all, our country. They will remain in our minds, on memorial stones, and imbedded in our hearts forever. I don’t think any of us have boarded an airplane since that day and have not thought about “what could happen today?”  September 11 has changed our way of thinking. It has never, and will never, be the same again.

Today, we honor our heroes here at United and our colleagues at American Airlines:

United Flight 93
Captain Jason Dahl
First Officer Leroy Homer
Sandra Bradshaw
Deborah Welsh
CeeCee Lyles
Wanda Green
Lorraine Bay
United Flight 175
Captain Victor Saracini
First Officer Michael Horrocks
Amy King
Michael Tarrou
Amy Jarret
Alfred Marchand
Kathryn LaBorie
Alicia Titus
Robert Fangman
Jesus Sanchez
Marianne MacFarlane

American Flight 77
Captain Charles Burlingame
First Officer David Charlebois
Michele Heidenberger
Jennifer Lewis
Kenneth Lewis
Renee May
American Flight 11
Captain John Ogonowski
First Officer Thomas McGuinness
Barbara Arestegui
Jeffrey Collman
Sara Low
Karen Martin
Kathleen Nicosia
Betty Ong
Jean Roger
Dianne Snyder
Madeline Sweeney

It’s hard to believe that it has been 16 years since that traumatic day.  The attacks touched the lives of Flight Attendants and everyone in America in such a powerful way. We have suffered such a great loss. This year we continue to recognize the remembrance and pay tribute to our flying partners on our Online Memorial which is posted on the United MEC website.

We continue to grieve the losses we all shared. Once again, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families who lost loved ones on September 11th.  We Remember. We will never forget.

In Solidarity,

Ken Diaz,

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