‘Let’s Roll’ inspires the American spirit

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in first grade, only 6 years old. I don’t remember that day or what I was doing when the planes hit the Towers, but I remember that evening, when my dad got home from work.

My parents were in the kitchen, my mom was crying. I was old enough to realize something bad had happened. I asked my parents, and they told me some bad people flew some airplanes into some buildings in New York and a lot of people died.

Every year after 2001, on Sept. 11, my school would have a remembrance day to help us realize what happened that day and to honor those who died, but I still didn’t fully understand what happened on that day.

The day I read the book, “Let’s Roll,” by Lisa Beamer, is the day I understood fully the importance of that day to our country.

The book “Let’s Roll” starts off by describing the kind of person Todd Beamer was, and then explains Lisa and Todd’s relationship including the birth of their two sons and the pregnancy of their third child.

The book then focuses on United Airlines Flight 93.

Flight 93 was the airplane that crashed in an empty field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. Todd was a passenger on this plane.

Seven crew members, five flight attendants, and 37 passengers were on board Flight 93. Out of those 37 passengers, four were Middle Eastern-looking men.

Flight 93 took off at 8:42 a.m., from New Jersey. At 8:46 a.m., Flight 11 flew into the North Tower and at 9:03 a.m., Flight 175 flew into the South Tower.

The book then talks about the events that transpired on Flight 93 after the four men highjacked the plane and the incidents that happen with the passengers on the flight. At 9:55 a.m., Todd says, “Are you guys ready? Okay! Let’s roll!” At 10:03 a.m., the plane crashes into a field.

The hour and 17 minutes the passengers were on the plane is described in detail in the book. There were no survivors of this flight, but these memories were captured because Todd called a GTE Airfone Customer Care Center operator and stayed on the line with her throughout the entire struggle.

This book discusses how the families of those who lost their lives on that dreadful day dealt with the aftermath and learned to live on. The book opened my eyes to the realization that these were real people who died, that there were real families that had to struggle with the aftermath of the situation.

I knew that the country was hurt because of the attacks on Sept. 11, but when the realization hit that real, innocent American people died on that day, my heart ached.

Those passengers of Flight 93 fought back, they sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others.

Sept. 11, 2001, was a tragic day for our country, but the day could have been even worse if the Flight 93 highjacking had succeeded, but it didn’t because the passengers of that flight decided to take action, to show everyone how the American spirit can survive even in a time for turmoil and fear.

When the country was hurt, and needed hope of some kind, we were lucky the true events of Flight 93 were revealed to us to show us we can still have hope in any situation, we can be strong even in the face of fear, and we can ALWAYS fight back.

I recommend everyone take the time to read the book “Let’s Roll,” not because it’s just a good reminder of those who sacrificed on that day, but also as an inspiration to always fight back and stand up for what you love.

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