ALPA 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

On a rainy Sunday morning, more than a hundred ALPA pilots, staff, and guests gathered in the Association’s 9/11 Remembrance Garden to honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives 21 years ago and to remind the world of our ongoing promise: Never forget.

“We honor the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and loved ones who died, and we are committed to ensuring their legacy lives on,” said ALPA president Capt. Joe DePete. “It is not necessary to have lost—or even lived—during the attacks of 9/11 to share the determination to prevent such a horrific act from ever happening again.”

Capt. Mike Hamilton, chair of the United Master Executive Council, and Capt. Tim Perry, ALPA Canada president, both spoke to the crowd, and Capt. Richard Morley (United, retired) offered a song on the bagpipes.

The culmination of the ceremony was DePete reading out the names of the pilots, flight attendants, and other airline employees on the planes used in the attacks, as Capt. Bob Fox, ALPA first vice president, tolled a bell in their honor. Capt. Bill Couette, ALPA vice president–administration/secretary, and Capt. Joseph Genovese, ALPA vice president–finance/treasurer, placed a commemorative wreath on the split-rock memorial as Morley played “Amazing Grace.”

“Today, airline pilots—and all of us gathered—remember as one,” DePete remarked in closing. “Together, we honor those who have fallen and use our shared history to make a stronger future.”

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony 2022

ALPA Pilots Remember

As the 20th anniversary of the attacks that forever changed our industry approached in 2021, many ALPA Master Executive Councils shared their memories of the day and the immediate and long-term effects on their lives, our industry, and their companies.

Not Just Today, but Every Day
United ALPA Master Executive Council

A Perfect Day for Flying
Delta Air Lines ALPA Master Executive Council

What We Do Best
Endeavor ALPA Master Executive Council

20 Years of Accepting the Risks
Envoy ALPA Master Executive Council 

Stunned: A Personal Memory
By Capt. Bruce Freedman (ret.), former Chair, on behalf of the Piedmont ALPA Master Executive Council

Still Recovering from the Setbacks
Sun Country ALPA Master Executive Council

Carrying on the Legacy
Western Global ALPA Master Executive Council

For the 10th anniversary, ALPA pilots shared their firsthand accounts of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Another decade later, these stories are still a timeless tribute to a day we will Never Forget. 

ATC Asked Me to ID the Incommunicable Plane   
Captain Bruce Hoppe, Delta

The Call, the Vision, the Feelings   
Captain Mark Seal, United

Close-Knit Family     
First Officer Nina Johnston, Jazz

Constant Reminders   
First Officer Linden Hillman, AirTran

Divert in the Interest of National Security   
Captain Wesley Monge, Atlantic Southeast

The Last on Earth to Know   
First Officer Rick Hayden, United 

Launching Critical Incident Response on the Ground in NYC   
Captain Chris Hayes, Delta

On Duty in the Pentagon   
Captain Adam C. Wright, ExpressJet

Quick Thinking, Fear, and Quiet While Stranded in NYC   
First Officer Troy Holladay, Continental

Survivor Tree   
Capt. William Glen Lykins, Continental


Continuing the Legacy

We carry on the legacy of our lost aviation family members in an industry that has become the safest mode of transportation in the world. 

ALPA Contributes $200,000 to Organizations Honoring 9/11 Pilots
The non-profit organizations honor the legacy of the four ALPA pilots who were among those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Continuing the Legacy of 9/11, 20 Years and Beyond
With each passing year, we continue our promise to carry on the legacy of those we lost 20 years ago through efforts to advance security, memorial funds, remembrance events, and more.

Four Pilot Lights
Remembering the four ALPA members lost.

Kalitta Air’s Role in 9/11 Recovery
The airline proudly and bravely flew critical supplies and experts to the attack sites on September 12.

When We Flew Again 
ALPA pilots recount their thoughts and fears from flying the line the first days after 9/11.

9/11 Scholarships: Producing New, Passionate Pilots
Family and friends of the two United Flight 93 pilots established scholarships to support those who wanted to join the profession, and they're already bearing fruit.