This year is the 10th anniversary of September 11th. For some of us, this day is a very personal one. For others, it is one shared with family or co-workers. But in one way or another, the memory of this day has a deep and meaningful impact on all of America.
To honor the memory of those whose lives were lost on September 11th, we have available through your Local Council a 10-year anniversary “We Remember” ribbon that may be worn behind your AFA pin throughout the month of September. These are available at no cost to every Member beginning this Thursday, September 1st. In addition, a limited supply of commemorative wristbands are also available for a suggested donation of $1, also at your Local Council. These wristbands are black with gold lettering that says “We Remember” and “35,” representative of the 35 United Airlines employees lost that day, 33 crew members and two service agents. These wristbands are also available at your Local Council. Both the wristbands and the ribbons can be found at the union desk.
Any proceeds from the $1 suggested donations will go to the three National 9/11 Memorials in New York City, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. We have coordinated with United AFA and American Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the APFA, to also offer these wristbands to their Members. The combined donations will create a substantial contribution to these Memorials on behalf of the Flight Attendants at our carriers. The United AFA website has updated information in their September 11th section that contains a comprehensive listing of memorials, events and services commemorating the tragedies that took place ten years ago. The page can be found at http://www.unitedafa.org/afa/honors/911/default.aspx.
September 11th, 2001 was a day that had a profound and persisting impact on our entire nation. However, as flight attendants the events of that day affected us in a very unique way. Our resolve was tested that September 11th, and we proved courageous and undaunted both as first responders and as the last line of defense. As we observe the tenth anniversary of this tragedy, let us come together in unity between all crews as we honor not only the 35 friends and coworkers that our new partners at United lost, but everyone that was taken from us on that day.