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October 1, 2013 > Flight 93 remembered at Union City memorial

Flight 93 remembered at Union City memorial

Submitted By Frank Addiego

September 11, 2013 marked the twelfth anniversary of the infamous attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Caught in the plot to spread terror throughout the world, passengers of United Airlines flight 93 fought back, valiantly exchanging their lives in an attempt to save others. A memorial in Union City stands as a testament to their heroic actions.

At this yearÕs commemorative ceremony, Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci noted the presence of representatives from United Airlines, families of fallen soldiers, and families of those in Flight 93.

Michael Emerson, a Hayward resident and veteran of the first Gulf War, promoted construction of the memorial after seeing a lack of acknowledgement for the flight in early 9/11 memorials in 2002. ÒIn July [of that year], I actually flew out to New York to Ground Zero,Ó he said during the ceremony, ÒI was a little frustrated because nobody spoke about Flight 93.Ó

Ò[The passengers] more than likely knew their fate, and banded together,Ó said Mayor Dutra-Vernaci, ÒThatÕs the definition of a hero.Ó

ÒIt makes me personally proud,Ó said Commander Jared Rinetti of the Union City Police Department, Òafter so many years, people are still showing respect for all the people who lost their lives.Ó

Currently, the City of Hayward is planning a 9/11 memorial of its own with Emerson at the helm.

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