The Story of
The Heroes of Flight 93The events of September 11th, 2001 are forever etched into the hearts of the family members and loved ones of those who died, the Nation and the world. The United States experienced the worst incident of terrorism in its history. The coordinated hijacking of four commercial airliners, the planned attack on symbolic targets, and the murder of innocent people were all tragic and shocking events. The extraordinary responses of individuals to the challenges they faced are inspiring and worthy of remembrance.
On that day, two airliners were deliberately flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York. A third plane was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93 was delayed in its scheduled departure from Newark, New Jersey en-route to San Francisco, California. About 45 minutes into the flight as the Boeing 757 was nearing Cleveland, Ohio, it abruptly changed course, heading southeast into the direction of Washington, D.C. Shortly before 10 A.M. it was observed flying low and erratically over southwestern Pennsylvania. At 10:03 A.M. the plane crashed at a cruising speed estimated at more than 500 miles per hour into a reclaimed strip mine at the edge of a wooded area in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Emergency responders arriving at the scene minutes after the crash found no survivors. All 33 passengers, 7 crew, and 4 terrorists hijackers were killed.
In the hours and days that followed, an astonishing story about what happened on board Flight 93 was revealed. When the terrorists took over the plane, passengers and crew were able to telephone family members, friends, and emergency dispatchers to report the hijacking. Through these conversations, those on board Flight 93 learned about the horrific events unfolding at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
As their phone conversations revealed, the passengers and crew of Flight 93 realized that their plane was also part of the planned attack. The realization led to a collective decision by the passengers and crew to stop the terrorists from achieving their goal of crashing the plane into another American Landmark. The story of the heroic actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 later was confirmed when the contents of many telephone conversations and the cockpit voice recorder were reviewed. Although the details of what took place on board the flight will never be fully known, all 40 of the passengers and crew are universally recognized as heroes.The Story of
The Flight 93 Memorial
Union City, CaliforniaThe tragic events on the morning of September 11th, 2001, will forever shape world events of the 21st Century. The events of that day are close to the hearts of all United States citizens and many of our friends around the world. In particular, United Airlines Flight 93 bound for San Francisco, California has special significance for those of us in the Bay Area where many of the heroes lived, worked, or were traveling to that day. The individual lives on Flight 93, upon close inspection, reveal lives of richness and honor. A collaborate effort and individual life stories have forever elevated the crew and passengers of Flight 93 into the consciousness and history of the United States of America. Heroism, family love, strength, and lives of deep meaning were revealed on Flight 93.
The memorial offers a space for feelings of remembrance for loved ones lost and thoughts of a positive hope for the future. There is an individual stone representing each passenger and crew member lost on Flight 93, accompanied by a mirror to inspire thought and reflection. The memorial encompasses several elements to help visitors remember the ultimate price each hero paid to save the lives of countless others.
The stones stand together flowing in unity with one another and in relation to the path, indicating one's life path, ever changing with direction and transition. The back and edges of the remembrance stone have been left rough hewn signifying unfinished lives. The remembrance stones begin at a "Plaza of Remembrance", expressing strength, life and rebirth. The stones flow to the "Plaza of Hope" where visions of the future are expressed.
The memorial was built through the efforts of the City of Union City, the hero's families, local and national businesses, local trade and labor unions, and caring individuals. Our hope is that everyone who visits this memorial will reflect, be inspired, and healed by the honorable and heroic lives and actions of the crew and passengers of United Flight 93.
Flight 93 Memorial Donors & Sponsors
This memorial has been constructed with the support of the City of Union City and the following donors:A.B. & J. / Michels Corporation - Wausau, WI ∙ Americas & Americas - Miami, FL ∙ Associated Lighting - Madera, CA ∙ Bay Net Communications - Hayward, CA ∙ Bigge Crane and Rigging - San Leandro, CA ∙ California Erectors Bay Area - Benicia, CA ∙ Central Concrete Supply Company - San Jose, CA ∙ Channel Lumber Company - Richmond, Ca ∙ Charles Pankow Builders - Oakland, CA ∙ Cleaner One - San Ramon, CA ∙ CMC Rebar Golden Gate - Emeryville, CA ∙ Copymat - Hayward, CA ∙ Delco Builders & Developers - Pleasant Hill, CA ∙ Desilvia Gates Construction - Dublin, CA ∙ Dupont Stonetech Professional - Walnut Creek, CA ∙ East Bay Construction Company - Livermore, CA ∙ Fremont Paving Company - Newark, CA ∙ Gerald W. Bingham - Wildwood, FL ∙ Globe Pacific - San Jose, CA ∙ Granite Construction - Santa Clara, CA ∙ Grizzly Adams Entertainment - Spokane, WA ∙ Interstate Pole Industries - Carpenteria, CA ∙ Jacob Davis Productions - Orlando, FL ∙ Jensen Corporation Landscape - Cupertino, CA ∙ Kier & Wright Civil Engineers & Surveyors - Pleasanton, CA ∙ Landavazo Brothers - Hayward, CA ∙ Meridian Technical Services - Pleasanton, CA ∙ Michael L. Emerson Memorial Originator - Hayward Hills, CA ∙ Mirror Metals - Oxnard, CA ∙ Omnis Network - Torrance, CA ∙ Osborne Lumber Company - Newark, CA ∙ Pacific Nurseries - Colma, CA ∙ Prismatic Signs - Milpitas, CA ∙ Quick Crete Products - Norco, CA ∙ Quilici Engineers - Campbell, CA ∙ R.P.S., Inc. / Regional Steel Corporation - Tracy, CA ∙ Raja Sweets - Union City, CA ∙ Ransome Company - San Leandro, CA ∙ Red Top Electric - Hayward, CA ∙ Robert Mowat Assoc. - Memorial Design - San Francisco, CA ∙ Rogers Trucks and Equipment - South San Francisco, CA ∙ Sposeto Engineering - Union City, CA ∙ The American Legion Post 649 - Castro Valley, CA ∙ The Bridewell Family - Lodi, CA ∙ The Cheema Family - Union City, CA ∙ The Elks Lodge 2121 - Fremont, CA ∙ The Emerson Family - Hayward Hills, CA ∙ The Greenlee Family - Stockton, CA ∙ The San Francisco Giants - MLB - San Francisco, CA ∙ Thompson & Thompson Fence Company - San Lorenzo, CA ∙ True Green Tree Service - San Jose, CA ∙ Union City Friends - Union City, CA ∙ Wade Hammond Surveying Newark, CA ∙ West Coast Drilling - Hercules, CA