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September 11, 2001

Flight 93's Circle of Eternity

By Judi McLeod
Sunday, September 11, 2005

“Let's roll!” the two words that epitomize forever the courageous passengers on board the ill-fated United airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 haunt detractors of the recently unveiled Flight 93 Permanent Memorial.

a study in politically correct architecture for all time, the memorial design was unveiled on Sept. 7, 2005, a mere four days before the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Called “The Crescent of Embrace”, in essence the memorial is nothing more than a red crescent wrapped around the 24-hour guarded actual crash site.

as columnist Michelle Malkin so aptly puts it, “Seeing is believing”.

Who could believe that the courageous passengers who refused to allow their plane to be plowed into a Washington, D.C. target would have their memory enshrined by the main symbol of Islam?

The gibberish of Los angeles architect Paul Murdoch seems to make a mockery of the supreme sacrifice for their fellow countrymen they died protecting of the fallen heroes of 9/11.

“This is not about any religion per se,” Murdoch said in a telephone interview with the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown. “It's a spiritual space, and a sacred place, but it's open to anyone.”

There was nothing “per se” about the act of heroism the passengers of Flight 93 gave their country.

The word “crescent”, Murdoch said, was used as a generic architectural term for a curved line.

“Sure, there is an Islamic crescent,” Murdoch said. “There is a lunar crescent. Ours isn't based on that.”

Murdoch's description of the crescent would be the equivalent of saying that the Christian cross is just a bunch of sticks.

a 15-member jury made up of family members, community members and design professionals was charged with making a final recommendation on the permanent memorial's design. They had 1,011 designs from which to choose.

according to the Flight 93 Memorial homepage, “The design for the permanent memorial was funded through “the generous support of the Heinz Endowment and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.”

The passengers on board United airlines Flight 93 en route from Newark to San Francisco have been credited with disrupting the hijackers' plans to crash the plane into a target in Washington, D.C. Instead the plane went down near Shanksville, Pa., killing 40 passengers and crewmembers along with four hijackers.

The phone line from Flight 93 was still open when a GTE operator heard Todd Beamer say: “are you guys ready” Let's roll!”

Beamer and the passengers he led on Flight 93 should not be enshrined in eternity with the symbol that brought about their death, the Islamic crescent.

“Let's roll! the words uttered by Beamer on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, should be the ones used in leading the battle to change the memorial.

Only a bought and paid for concept, the Crescent of Embrace does not have to be permanent.

The unstinting courage of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 is permanent and will be remembered that way by free people in the world everywhere.

Here are the names of the Circle of Courage who remain in the human heart, not just today, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, but for all eternity:

Christian adams,
Lorraine G. Bay Todd Morgan Beamer,
alan Beaven,
Mark K. Bingham,
Deora Frances Bodley,
Sandra W. Bradshaw,
Marion Britton,
Thomas E. Burnett Jr.,
William Joseph Cashman,
Georgine Rose Corrigan,
Patricia Cushing,
Jason Dahl,
Joseph Deluca,
Patrick Joseph Driscoll,
Edward P. Felt,
Jane C. Folger,
Colleen Laura Fraser,
andrew Garcia,
Jeremy Glick,
Lauren Grandcolas,
Wanda anita Green,
Donald F. Greene,
Linda Gronlund,
Richard Jerry Guadagno,
LeRoy Wilton Homer Jr.,
Toshiya Kuge,
CeeCee Lyles,
Hilda Marcin,
Waleska Martinez Rivera,
Nicole Miller,
Louis J. Nacke,
Donald arthur Peterson,
Jean Hoadley Peterson,
Mark Rothenberg,
Christine anne Snyder,
John Talignani,
Honor Elizabeth Wainio,
Deborah Welsh,
Olga Kristin Gould White,

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