Saturday, September 5, 2015

Comfort, justice for Flight 93 families

News of Osama Bin Laden's death late Sunday night brought a sense of relief and a sense of some measure of justice served for the families of those who perished aboard United Flight 93.

Comfort, justice for Flight 93 families

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News of Osama Bin Laden's death late Sunday night brought a sense of relief and of justice served for the families of those who perished aboard United Flight 93.

"I'm not a hater," said Patrick White, whose cousin Louis J. Nacke II of New Hope, Pa., was one of 40 passengers and crew on the plane when it went down in a mountaintop field in Shanksville. "But I'm glad the bastard's dead."

White, who caught most of President Obama's televised remarks after being alerted by relatives, said the words that resonated most were that "justice had been done."

Watching the crowds gathering at the White House fence on television, White said it was not so much a time for celebration but "somber reflection and gratitude for the commitment of so many people."

He said for him, "all the wounds opened again, but with this evil washed out, they will heal much cleaner."

Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93, released a statement on behalf of the families:

"This is important news for us, and for the world. It cannot ease our pain, or bring back our loved ones. It does bring a measure of comfort that the mastermind of the September 11th tragedy and the face of global terror can no longer spread his evil."

Flight 93's passengers and crew fought the hijackers for control of the San Francisco-bound plane in the skies over Pennsylvania after learning that other hijacked planes had been used as missiles to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The hijackers who commandeered Flight 93 a short time after it took off from Newark airport were attempting to reach Washington D.C. and strike the U.S. Capitol.

 

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