It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Memorial and remembrance services were held across the nation, including ones that took place at the key places from that day in our nation’s history.
Vice President Mike Pence was in Shanksville, PA to remember the victims of United Flight 93, which was one of the hijacked planes. The heroes on board fought back against the hijackers, and the plane crashed to the ground before causing further damage.
Pence shared a personal story about how those events directly impacted his own life.
The Independent Journal Review passes along what he had to say.
There is no doubt that the heroism of those on Flight 93 saved the lives of countless others. Vice President Mike Pence counts himself among the lives that were saved by the actions of those passengers. In a tearful, gripping, and emotional address this morning at the same spot where the plane went down, Pence recalls how these brave Americans literally saved his own life. Pence said:
“I’m also here to pay a debt of gratitude to the heroes of Flight 93 on a much more personal basis. For their actions on that day in these skies saved American lives and as my wife, Karen, who joins me here today knows, it’s a debt I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay. Because among the many lives that were saved by their selfless courage, they might well have saved my own life that day 16 years ago.”
It’s quite clear that the hijacked plane was intended to hit another of the day’s designated targets, so there could’ve been even more victims. Pence believes he may have been one of them.
The vice president told the story about how, upon visiting the wreckage a year after, he asked a park ranger what the intended target of Flight 93 was:
“I asked her if the U.S. Capitol was, in fact, the target, what time would the plane have reached the Capitol building? And what she told me I’ll never forget. For at the time she said standing with hundreds of others, I was standing near the east front of the House of Representatives. I will always believe that I and many others in our nation’s capital were able to go home that day to hug our families because of the courage and selflessness of the heroes of Flight 93. So for me it’s personal. And I speak on behalf of a grateful nation.”
It’s astonishing to think about, and Pence’s words really helped to place it in perspective. While our nation was forever altered on that day, it could’ve been far worse.
As he delivered his remarks, Pence became emotional and teared up. Sixteen years later, it’s crystal clear how much the heroism of those aboard United Flight 93 means to him.
Source: Independent Journal Review