Relatives of a flight attendant—killed in the attacks of 9/11—gathered in a Fort Myers movie theatre just days before the anniversary. They attended the local premiere of “The Flight That Fought Back.” Produced by the Discovery Channel, it tells the heroic story of United Flight 93—which crashed in rural Pennsylvania. The documentary includes interviews with friends and family of those aboard, recordings of cell phone and air traffic communications, and re-enactments. It’s clear the 40 men and women knew the plane would be used as a missile—and fought hard to prevent it. Cee Cee Lyles, of Fort Myers, was a crewmember. Her aunt, Frances Watson, drove from Fort Pierce to see the film.
“The crew and the people that were on the flight set a standard for the United States of America. God picked them up from different parts of the United States, and caused them to work as one. And we in America need to continue to do that—work as one and not let the standard down. They gave their lives and we that are left living should give more. And I don’t think the country displays that unity.”
“The Flight That Fought Back” airs on the Discovery Channel this Sunday evening—September 11th at 9. Just yesterday/on Wednesday, a jury chose the winning design for a permanent memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Images are available on the web at flight93memorialproject-dot-org.
Friday, 09 September 2005 01:00