We Will Never Forget

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On this thirteenth anniversary of that horrible Tuesday morning in September, when the first plane - AA Flight 11 - hit the World Trade Center, each of us still struggles to find the words to describe our sense of loss.

For Flight Attendants, we lost our friends, our colleagues, and our job as we know it. It’s difficult to remember what our job was like before 9/11.

One thing’s for sure though - what has always made this job so special for each of us is the people with whom we work. Flight Attendants are an incredibly resourceful and resilient group. The Flight Attendants of American Airlines have endured so much, particularly since 9/11. From Flights 11 and 77, to the loss of Flight 587 in Rockaway, NY, the shoe bomber, the RPA, furloughs and eventually bankruptcy, we are finally at a turning point. Let today be a reminder of those we lost and how far we have come since September 11, 2001.

So to our heroes - AA's Flight 11 crew: Barbara, Jeffrey, Sara, Karen, Kathleen, Betty, Jean, Dianne, Madeline, John and Thom; to AA Flight 77’s crew: Michele, Jennifer, Kenneth, Renee, Chic and David; and to our colleagues on United 93: Lorraine, Sandra, Wanda, CeeCee, Deborah, Jason and Leroy; and United 175: Robert, Amy, Kathryn, Alfred, Michael, Alicia, Amy, Victor and Michael, may God Bless each one of them. They are forever in our hearts.
9/11 Ceremonies Around the Nation

World Trade Center Site - 8:39 a.m. (EDT)
New York City

World Trade Center Site ceremony begins online

Memorial plaza will be closed to the public for most of the day during the commemoration.

Tribute in Light begins and Memorial Plaza opens to the public from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Entrance on Liberty and West, West and Fulton and Liberty and Greenwich.

9/11 Museum will be open for families from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 9/11 Museum will be open for first responders from 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Moments of Silence Citywide
8:46 a.m.: Citywide moment of silence, in observance of the first plane striking the North Tower; families of victims of 2001 and 1993 attacks will begin reading the names
9:03 a.m.: Moment of silence in observance of the second plane striking the South Tower
9:37 a.m.: Moment of silence in observance of Flight 77 striking the Pentagon
9:59 a.m.: Moment of silence in observance of the South Tower falling
10:03 a.m.: Moment of silence in observance of Flight 93 crashing near Shanksville, Pa.
10:28 a.m.: Moment of silence in observance of the North Tower falling

National Flight 93 Memorial - 9:45 a.m. (EDT)
Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Observance Service at 9:45 a.m.
Memorial Plaza open from 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Pentagon Memorial - Open to the Public at 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
Washington, D.C.

Closed on 9/11/14 from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for private ceremony.

9/11 Flight Crew Memorial - 7:30 a.m. (CDT)
Grapevine, Texas

1000 Texan Trail
APFA Vice President Marcus Gluth will address the group.

Tempe Healing Field Tribute - 5:46 a.m. (PDT)
Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Beach Park
3,000 3 ft x 8 ft flags standing 8 feet tall in perfect rows, each with the name of a lost life on September 11, 2001.

USS Midway 9/11 First Responders’ Memorial - 2:30 p.m. (PDT)
San Diego, California

910 N. Harbor Drive
Free admission to the USS Midway after 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11th

Annual Waves of Flags - 12:15 p.m.
Malibu, California

3,000 flags displayed on the lawn of the Pepperdine, Malibu campus
Heroes Garden, Pepperdine University

AmericanAirlines US Airways 
"Merging Ahead!"

Leslie Mayo
APFA National Communications Chair

ABOUT APFA: The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, founded in 1977, represents the more than 24,000 active flight attendants at American Airlines. In November 2011, American’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Throughout the bankruptcy trial, APFA President Laura Glading served on the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee where she advocated for the American Airlines Flight Attendants. In February 2013, American and US Airways announced their intention to combine the carriers and on December 9, 2013, AA exited bankruptcy and the merger was final. Achieving a merger inside bankruptcy is unprecedented in the industry and would not have occurred without the efforts of American’s labor unions, particularly APFA.

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