September 8, 2015
Dear Flight Attendants:
This week the events of 14 years ago and our crewmember Heroes are prominent in our hearts and minds. No matter the uniform we wear or the routes we fly, we will always remember the events of September 11th and honor our heroes. Our union encourages Flight Attendants around the globe to wear a black ribbon under your AFA pin and join us for a moment of silence and quiet reflection at 8:46 AM Eastern Time on Friday, September 11th.
This day highlights the tremendous bravery of Flight Attendants. Our heroes on those four fateful flights acted as first responders. They relayed the first intelligence of the day that served to alert our country and our fellow crewmembers on flight 93 who in turn acted without reservation against evil, sacrificing their own lives to protect our country and lives of countless others.
The incredible pain of mourning for our dear friends also inspired new actions of heroism as our profession changed forever. In our Flight Attendant union we found comfort in one another and the courage to get back on airplanes to usher passengers and fellow crewmembers home to their loved ones.
Every day since September 11th, Flight Attendants go to work with an even greater sense of responsibility. We know that not only are we first responders to emergencies affecting the health and safety of our passengers and other crewmembers, we are also our nation’s last line of defense in aviation security. Fourteen years ago we vowed to never forget and never allow the events to be repeated. We made the commitment to gain the resources and recognition to support our work as first responders and the last line of defense for aviation security. Our work continues every day.
Last year we launched a campaign for legislative action to ensure the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission remain in place and current aviation security concerns are addressed. This year our AFA Executive Board will meet with members of Congress to remind lawmakers that we can Never Forget the events of September 11th and we all have a responsibility to make sure they are never repeated. During the Executive Board meeting we will also conduct a formal wreath laying ceremony on the evening of September 9th at the Pentagon memorial.
On the day of September 11th, AFA leaders and members will be present in uniform at services at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, the Flight 93 Chapel and Memorial in Shanksville and several other remembrance events around the country. AFA’s on-line memorial, Never Forget, honors all of the 35 crewmembers and agents aboard those four fateful flights. Never Forget includes a listing of memorial events and services around the country, and features a page where you can share your thoughts, memories and tributes.
Whether you choose to fly in tribute to our heroes or to recognize the day in some other way, know that you are part of a Flight Attendant family, and that through our unity, we are strong, resourceful and resilient. Never Forget that it is our unity, our compassion for one another and our resolve to protect all of the freedoms of individual expression that make us strong. We will never forget our heroes and we will always seek to honor their sacrifice with our actions – not only through our work for safer skies, but in the way we contribute to each of our communities at home and those that we visit around the world.
Twenty-five Flight Attendants, eight pilots and two Customer Service Agents died on September 11th. Today, and every day, we honor their memory. We will never forget:
United Flight 175
Flight Attendant: Robert J. Fangman
Flight Attendant: Amy N. Jarret
Flight Attendant: Amy R. King
Flight Attendant: Kathryn LaBorie
Flight Attendant: Alfred G. Marchand
Flight Attendant: Michael C. Tarrou
Flight Attendant: Alicia N. Titus
Captain: Victor Saracini
First Officer: Michael Horrocks
Customer Service Representative: Marianne MacFarlane
Customer Service Representative: Jesus Sanchez
United Flight 93
Flight Attendant: Lorraine G. Bay
Flight Attendant: Sandra Bradshaw
Flight Attendant: Wanda A. Green
Flight Attendant: CeeCee Lyles
Flight Attendant: Deborah Welsh
Captain: Jason Dahl
First Officer: Leroy Homer
American Flight 11
Flight Attendant: Barbara Arestegui
Flight Attendant: Jeffrey Collman
Flight Attendant: Sara Low
Flight Attendant: Karen Martin
Flight Attendant: Kathleen Nicosia
Flight Attendant: Betty Ong
Flight Attendant: Jean Roger
Flight Attendant: Madeline Sweeney
Flight Attendant: Dianne Snyder
Captain: John Ogonowski
First Officer: Thomas McGuinness
American Flight 77
Flight Attendant: Michele Heidenberger
Flight Attendant: Jennifer Lewis
Flight Attendant: Kenneth Lewis
Flight Attendant: Renee May
Captain: Charles Burlingame
First Officer: David Charlebois
Sara Nelson, President
Debora Sutor, Vice President
Kevin Creighan, Secretary-Treasurer