As the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches, the world’s largest Flight Attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), reminds the public that the story of 9/11 cannot be told without recognizing the Flight Attendant heroes and the role they played as first responders.
At the same time, AFA is focused on providing members with support, resources and a forum for remembering their flying partners who perished in the line of duty and for relating their own experiences.
“Our twenty-five Flight Attendant heroes on those four fateful flights acted as first responders. They relayed the first intelligence of the day that served to alert our country and our fellow crewmembers on flight 93 who in turn acted without reservation against evil, sacrificing their own lives to protect the lives of countless others. September 11th showcased the tremendous bravery of Flight Attendants,” said AFA International President Veda Shook.
Earlier this month the union launched an on-line memorial to the honor the 25 crewmembers who were among the first to alert the world to danger and courageously fought back on September 11, 2001. AFA’s memorial Never Forget may be viewed at http://www.afacwa.org/neverforget/.
On each anniversary the union encourages Flight Attendants to mark the day in the way that’s best for them – whether that means honoring our heroes by working a flight, attending a memorial or observing a quiet reflection among family and friends.
It can be a difficult day for Flight Attendants as images and stories from that fateful day are replayed and renewed. This year it will be especially challenging to personally choose how to remember as media attention promises to be intense. For Flight Attendants, the anniversary is important for the world to remember, but the events of September 11th are present with them every flight.
“Every day since September 11th, Flight Attendants go to work with an even greater sense of responsibility. We know that not only are we first responders to emergencies affecting the health and safety of our passengers and other crewmembers, we are also the last line of defense in aviation security,” stated Shook.
“Nearly ten years ago on September 11, 2001, we lost our flying partners and our profession changed forever. We promised to Never Forget our heroes who were first responders in the sky. We promised to Never Forget the events of that day and to ensure they never happen again. Our heroes will forever unite us,” said Shook.
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