They fought back... and inspired a nation.
Their final resting place became a field of honor.
On Sept. 11, 2001, the actions of 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Flight 93 inspired a nation.
On a day of coordinated terrorist attacks that sent passenger jets into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of Flight 93 fought back. They died as heroes when the plane, failing to reach its intended target in Washington, D.C., crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
Field of Honor: How Flight 93 Inspired a Nation by the staff of the Tribune-Review tells the story of Flight 93 in staff photos and in the words of families, rescuers, eyewitnesses and people with a deep need to say thank you.
Trib reporters and photographers were among the first journalists on the scene after Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville. They captured the tears and the shock – and the immense pride in the actions of the Flight 93 passengers and crew. Their coverage has continued in Iraq and Afghanistan as the United States responded to the 9/11 attacks. They have chronicled efforts to build a permanent memorial.
Field of Honor: How Flight 93 Inspired a Nation tells the story of each passenger and crew member. It shows how survivors grieved for them. It describes how 9/11 changed our nation, and it honors members of the military who keep our shores safe.
A portion of the proceeds from Field of Honor: How Flight 93 Inspired a Nation will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Among the many small stories included in Field of Honor: How Flight 93 Inspired a Nation is one of a yellow brick left at the Flight 93 temporary memorial. A note accompanying the brick said it was taken from the compound of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in Kandahar, Afghanistan:
“On Oct. 20, 2001 U.S. Special Operations Forces attacked and seized the compound. It is now used as a U.S. base from which attacks are launched against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Placed here in tribute to the first warriors of the Global War on Terror by members of the 19th Special Forces."