What if you knew this was the last time of your life? how are you doing? Where are you? who are you with How would you like to be remembered?
On 9/11, there were three people who couldn’t afford to think about it: Mark Bingham, Todd Beamer, and Wells Lemmy Crowther. Instead, they acted on instinct, building on a foundation of values built in their relatively young lives. Mark Bingham and Todd Beamer were graduates of Los Gatos High School. Welles Remy Crowther, at his young age of 24, hails from Nyack, New York and had a stellar career on Wall Street. Each of the three only had time to react. And their response was to undertake an act greater than themselves.
Mark Bingham and Todd Beamer boarded United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco on September 11, 2001. Their plane left the airport carrying a terrorist hijacker who planned to convert the jet into a missile. US Capitol. The hijackers had already planned to destroy America’s Wall Street financial hub and America’s defense system by crashing planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I planned to neutralize it. Mark and Todd, along with two other passengers, break into the cockpit and regain control. Their plane crashed in an empty lot in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, not the Capitol. Todd and Mark’s actions sabotage the terrorist mission. Ultimately, the lives of thousands of Washington citizens were saved. Our hometown heroes Todd Beamer and Mark Bingham took on the first civilian response to the terrorist acts of 9/11. Our nation’s government was maintained and intact at the cost of their own lives.
Did you know that only 18 people survived above the tower’s crash zone?
They did so mainly for the man in the red bandana.
Back east, Wells Lemmy Crowther, who worked as a stock trader on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, was fighting for his life. As a young child, Wells accompanied his father, who was a volunteer firefighter, and his grandfather to the fire station. During his teenage years, Wells attended fire drills. On 9/11, Wells demonstrated his firefighting skills and escaped being trapped on his 104th floor of the South Tower. After UA Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower between his 77th and his 85th floors, Crowther passed through flames, a thick haze of smoke, the smell of airline fuel, darkness and chaos. Found passable stairs to escape. He found survivors in the 78th Sky Lobby and escorted them to safety. He then risked his life to return to his second floor and complete his two more rescue missions in his lobby on the 78th floor, finding more survivors who escorted them to safety. rice field. He used a red bandana, which he had kept in his back pocket since the day his father gave him when he was six years old, to cover his mouth and nose to protect himself from smoke inhalation. saved 18 survivors above the crash site from two collapsed towers of the World Trade Center and ultimately lost his own life. Wells’ Remy Crowther icon red bandana became the identifying element of Wells as a rescuer of survivors, and months later his body was found in the rubble and NYFD firefighters The remains were found only 65 feet from the personal safety door.
The stories and lives of Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Welles Remy Crowther, first responders, and the American military who volunteered to answer the call in the aftermath of 9/11 are available in The American Challenge – From 9/11. Celebrated with ‘Lessons Learned’. event. Distinguished guests include Francis J. Harvey, 19th Secretary of the U.S. Army, Brigadier General “Bucky” Steven J. Butow – California Air National Guard, Fire Chief Suwanna Keldkew – Santa Clara County Fire Department, Los Gatos Mayor Rob Rennie, and Capt. Doug Beck, U.S. Naval Reserve, Afghanistan, Iraq Veteran, Apple Executive. Air Force Veteran Mark His Lindquist moved from behind the Ukrainian front to Los His Gatos to share lessons from 9/11 and why he said September 12 was the best day in America. share your thoughts. The event is an outdoor venue and is free to attend.
The Veterans Affairs Foundation of Los Gatos, a local 501(c) 3 nonprofit, now in its 10th year, is a tribute to those who support American freedom and educate the public about sacrifice. 100% staffed by volunteers who are willing and willing to help. It is paid for by those who serve and improve the lives of veterans. Donations are accepted at honorAvet.org.