I watched the movie United 93 this week. It is an emotionally, mentally and physically wrenching experience. Viewing the second plane ram into the second tower brought up all the horror of almost 5 years ago when I watched it happen the first time. I remember thinking to myself at the time that it felt like I was watching a movie. Today, the movie is as real as anyone could produce. By piecing together, the information from the phone calls from passengers and crew, the black box, and using real players as themselves at both NORAD and the flight decks, the director/producer created a movie that almost felt like a documentary. The calculation of the terrorists, the coordination of the other planes — UAL 175, AA 11, AA 77, the commitment of the men to their religion and goal was portrayed without emotion or commentary. The delay of United 93 in Newark allowed the passengers the time to gather the information of the other attacks when they called their loved ones. Those 45 minutes on the ground probably saved the Capitol in Washington DC from suffering the same attack as the Pentagon. The families of all who died on that fateful day and especially on United 93 deserve our heartfelt thanks for the bravery of their loved ones. The heroism of the passengers reminds me why we must never forget! Terrorism is alive. It did not die with those planes. WE must be vigilant in the fight. As Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, never, never give up.”

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