News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

On this morning seventeen years ago, we heard the news that changed the world forever: A Boeing 767 aircraft had crashed into one of the Twin Towers in New York City.

When the second plane hit, it became clear this was not an accident. The United States was under attack.

Meanwhile, miles in the air somewhere over Western Pennsylvania, a plan was being hatched by brave Americans aboard United Airlines Flight 93, the third hijacked aircraft. One of the passengers, Tom Burnett, who grew up in Bloomington, made four phone calls to his wife, Deena, from the plane.

"We are going to do something," he told her.

While we will never know exactly what happened next, we know at least that Tom and several other passengers rushed the cockpit to wrest control of the plane from the hijackers. Ultimately, the plane, headed for the White House, crashed instead in a rural field some 80 miles west of Pittsburgh, killing everyone on board. That field is known today as the Flight 93 National Memorial (see pictures below).

At the same time there were those attempting to destroy our American spirit, it was that same spirit which fueled Tom and the other passengers to fight.

In memory of the Minnesotans - Tom Burnett, Jr., Gary Koecheler, Gordy Aamoth Jr.  - and all Americans who lost their lives September 11, 2001, today, let us always remember to never forget how precious and tenuous life, and freedom, can be. 




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