A Day of Remembrance

By John Perkinson, Senior Staff Writer
Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president, front, addresses those attending the ceremony in ALPA’s Remembrance Garden as Capt. Joseph Genovese (United), his pilot group’s executive administrator, looks on.

ALPA pilots, family members, friends, and staff gathered in the Remembrance Garden at the Association’s Herndon, Va., offices for a commemorative ceremony on the morning of September 11 to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Under a bright blue sky reminiscent of the one in New York; Washington, D.C.; and southwestern Pennsylvania on that fateful day, attendees paid their respects.

“The sting of those horrific acts, no matter how long ago, will never fade,” said Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA’s president, in his opening remarks, adding, “even with the passage of time, it’s a constant reminder of why vigilance is so critical and why the safety and security work we do is so important.

“Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives—loved ones died a senseless death, but their legacy is a reminder of how we are able to take some meaning from that day,” Canoll noted. “And on this 16th anniversary, we recommit to serve as the guardians of their legacy and our profession.”

Capt. Joseph Genovese (United), executive administrator for his pilot group’s Master Executive Council, also addressed the gathering. “We honor the legacy of those lost by continuing to work as a country to make the world a safer place,” he observed. “As time goes on, we grow, we get stronger, we heal, but we will always remember.”

In honor of those lost, Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA’s first vice president, rang a bell after Canoll read aloud each of the names of the pilots, flight attendants, and other airline employees aboard United Airlines Flights 93 and 175 and American Airlines Flights 11 and 77 on Sept. 11, 2001.

In addition to pilot officers, Ron Rindfleisch from the Association’s Representation Department participated in the ceremony, asking those gathered to recall where they were that day. He recounted an exchange he had with his youngest daughter and the importance of reminding “our youth what happened on that horrific day.” He then led a brief prayer.

Jody Krazeise from ALPA’s IT Operations and Services Department led the group in singing Amazing Grace. She later led ceremony attendees in singing America the Beautiful as Capt. Bill Couette, ALPA’s vice president–administration/secretary, and Capt. Randy Helling, the Association’s vice president–finance/treasurer, placed a wreath at the center of the memorial.

ALPA’s Remembrance Garden was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of 9/11. The area includes a 10-ton stone from a western Pennsylvania quarry, split to represent the break that the terrorist attacks created in the airline industry. Two sections of steel I-beams from the World Trade Centers and a piece of the Pentagon’s outer wall also adorn the garden.

Nearly 3,000 perished, including 265 on four airplanes, and more than 6,000 were injured as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In addition to the ceremony at ALPA’s offices, 9/11 memorials and services are held around the country each year to ensure that as a nation we never forget.

 

In Memoriam—Sept. 11, 2001

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

We Will Never Forget

 

This article was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Air Line Pilot.

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