Strength in Purpose and Resolve

Seventeen years ago, on September 11, 2001, the unthinkable happened—the very aircraft we operate each day to deliver passengers and cargo to destinations around the globe were used as weapons in terrorist attacks. And today, every time pilots and passengers fly, there are reminders of the tremendous impacts that day had on our industry.


The industry responded with new technologies and techniques to identify and mitigate security risks before a flight even leaves the ground. And airline pilots have had a crucial role in these enhanced security measures over the past 17 years.


As we do each year, pilots and staff are gathered this morning in ALPA’s 9/11 Remembrance Garden to pay tribute to the crewmembers and passengers of American Flight 11, American Flight 77, United Flight 93, and United Flight 175. Our thoughts today are especially with those who are remembering fallen colleagues, friends, and family.


We continue to honor the memory of those we lost with every safe landing made and by working to keep the skies safer and more secure than at any time previous to that dark day. We owe them no less.


A wall inside the National September 11 Memorial in New York reads: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”


In Memoriam:

United Flight 93

Capt. Jason Dahl
F/O LeRoy Homer, Jr.
Flight Attendant Lorraine Bay
Flight Attendant Sandra Bradshaw
Flight Attendant Wanda Green
Flight Attendant CeeCee Lyles
Flight Attendant Deborah Welsh

United Flight 175

Capt. Victor Saracini
F/O Michael Horrocks
Flight Attendant Robert Fangman
Flight Attendant Amy Jarret
Flight Attendant Amy King
Flight Attendant Kathryn Laborie
Flight Attendant Alfred Marchand
Flight Attendant Michael Tarrou
Flight Attendant Alicia Titus
Customer Service Representative Marianne MacFarlane
Customer Service Representative Jesus Sanchez

American Flight 11

Capt. John Ogonowski
F/O Thomas McGuinness
Flight Attendant Barbara Arestegui
Flight Attendant Jeffrey Collman
Flight Attendant Sara Low
Flight Attendant Karen Martin
Flight Attendant Kathleen Nicosia
Flight Attendant Betty Ong
Flight Attendant Jean Roger
Flight Attendant Dianne Snyder
Flight Attendant Madeline “Amy” Sweeney

American Flight 77

Capt. Charles Burlingame
F/O David Charlebois
Flight Attendant Michele Heidenberger
Flight Attendant Jennifer Lewis
Flight Attendant Kenneth Lewis
Flight Attendant Renee May


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