Rest in peace, Gregg Froehner. Gregg and my husband grew up together, though he was closer in age to Mr. RFH’s sisters. Gregg was a Port Authority cop. He was helping evacuate the World Trade Center when the first tower collapsed. It is his uniform in the 9/11 display on the USS Intrepid.
I watched the Flight 93 Memorial dedication yesterday. If you haven’t seen this, please watch.
I do have a problem with one thing President Bush said, quoting John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” I believe the passengers of Flight 93 must have had some hope of success when they charged the cockpit. They didn’t just attack the hijackers to save lives in DC (though that has been mentioned), they attacked because they knew they would die if they did nothing. They didn’t plan to crash the plane, it was the hijackers who did that. Passenger Donald Greene was a trained pilot, and even if he was unfamiliar with the 757, I’m sure someone on the radio could have helped him land the plane.
What an incredible amount of courage, to attack armed men who had probably already killed the captain and first officer, in tight quarters, with nothing more than a beverage cart, some hot water, and maybe a pocketknife or two. Even better, taking a vote and saying a prayer beforehand. They took action and fought back while the rest of us were helpless.
We should remember them, not because they died, but because they fought back.