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Program : 'Dedication to those who lost and risked their lives on September 11, 2001"
Panel: Bob Beckwith (NYC fireman embraced by President
Bush) & Alice Hoagland
(Mother to Mark Bingham - Flight 93)
Streaming Broadcast: September 11, 2012 (Original Program
Broadcast September 2011)
Commemorative Program : ‘Dedication to those who lost
and risked their lives on September 11, 2001
September 11, 2011 marks the Tenth Anniversary of the
massive terrorist attack on the United States, resulting in the collapse of the World Trade Center's twin towers and surrounding
buildings, and part of the Pentagon building. The attack, carried out by members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist
organization, occurred on September 11, 2001. A series of airline hijackings and suicide bombings against U.S. targets planned
by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. The attacks were planned in advance; the militants
— most of whom were from Saudi Arabia — traveled to the U.S. beforehand, where a number received commercial
flight training. Working in small groups, the hijackers boarded 4 domestic airliners in groups of 5 (a 20th participant
was alleged) on Sept. 11, 2001, and took control of the planes soon after takeoff. At 8:46 AM (local time), the terrorists
piloted the first plane into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. A second plane struck the south
tower some 15 minutes later. Both structures erupted in flames and, badly damaged, soon collapsed. A third plane struck
the southwest side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., at 9:40, and within the next hour the fourth crashed in Pennsylvania
after its passengers — aware of events via cellular telephone — attempted to overpower their assailants. Some
2,750 people were killed in New York, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 in Pennsylvania. All 19 terrorists died. The program talks
to Alice Hoagland and Bob Beckwith including audio and narrative extracts in dedication to those who died during the attacks.
It is also dedicated to men and women from many countries for whom service abroad has assisted in the security since the events
Bob Beckwith (Retired NYFD)
As Ground Zero reflected a scene of chaos just days
after the attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush stood upon a wrecked fire engine with retired New York
City firefighter Bob Beckwith. (FDNY’s Ladder 164 firehouse in Queens in 1994 after 29 years of honorable service)
There image became iconic and traveled across the world representing a determination to rebuild following the World Trade
Center attacks. Now 79 years old and some 10 years after the attacks during which he joined hundreds of individuals in the
rescue attempts, he reflects upon those immediate days following the events in which hundreds of his own were killed.
The passionate conversation talks to the scenes and images seared in his mind and to life's journey
since the events. During the program he also talks to the days and years since, and his work in raising funds for the New
York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation. He has lived in Baldwin Long Island for the last 54 years.Every September 11 since
2002, Beckwith has been going to a memorial at Point Lookout on Long Island. This year, he will attend the commemoration
ceremony at ground zero.
Alice Hoagland, today a respected authority on airline
safety, is the mother of 9/11 victim Mark Bingham, who it is believed along with the other passengers of United Flight 93,
stormed the cockpit and fought with terrorists for control of the hijacked aircraft. Although Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville,
PA, killing all aboard, the efforts of Mark and others heroically prevented the terrorists from striking intended targets
in Washington DC.
“Mark lived vividly and unapologetically, and
he had his share of fun, but he was gentlemanly and loyal to a fault, and he was a team player who knew how to motivate
and inspire people." Alice Hoagland
Mark Bingham (May 22, 1970 – September 11, 2001)
Bingham is believed by to be among the passengers who
attempted to storm the cockpit of Flight 93 to try to prevent members of Al Qaeda, a terrorist organization, from using the
plane to kill hundreds or thousands of additional victims as a part of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. He made a brief
airphone call to his mother, Alice Hoagland, shortly before the plane went down. Hoagland, a former flight attendant with
United Airlines, later left a voice mail message on his cell phone, instructing Bingham to reclaim the aircraft after it became
apparent that Flight 93 was to be used in a suicide mission.
Bingham was survived by his boyfriend of six years,
Paul Holm, who said this was not the first time Bingham had risked his life to protect the lives of others. He had twice
successfully protected Holm from attempted muggings, one at gunpoint. He was even known to proudly display a scar he received
after being gored at the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Holm describes Bingham as a brave, competitive man, saying, "He
hated to lose — at anything."
Quote by Mark Bingham: "We have the chance to be role models
for other gay folks who wanted to play sports, but never felt good enough or strong enough."
"This is a great opportunity to change a lot of people's minds, and to reach a group that might
never have had to know or hear about gay people. Let's go make some new friends... and win a few games."