PAX: (17) Worm, McAfee, Carlos’e, Meatball, Kilo, Atlas, Tony Malito, SnowDay, Eastwood, Vincent, Flea, Airball, Rhythm, Johnny on The Pot, PK, Zipline, Diablo
Introduction: On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane (Flight 93) crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to simply as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC, and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. This included 400 police officers and firefighters.
There are many stories of heroism from 9/11. The one that’s always stuck with me are the men on Flight 93. One of those men was Todd Beamer.
Beamer attempted to call his wife from row 32 at 09:43:48, but was routed to GTE phone operator Lisa D. Jefferson. Beamer told the operator that the flight was hijacked and that two people who he thought were the pilots were on the floor dead or dying. He said one of the hijackers had a red belt with what looked to be a bomb strapped to his waist. When the hijackers veered the plane sharply south, Beamer briefly panicked, exclaiming, “We’re going down! We’re going down!”
Beamer and others had learned during calls of what had happened earlier in the morning in NYC. Beamer then told Jefferson that a group was planning to “jump on” the hijackers and fly the plane into the ground before the hijackers’ plan could be followed through.￼ Beamer recited the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm with Jefferson, prompting others to join in. Beamer requested of Jefferson, “If I don’t make it, please call my family and let them know how much I love them.” After this, Jefferson heard muffled voices and Beamer answering, “Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll.” These were Beamer’s last words to Jefferson.￼￼￼
Flight 93 crashed into an empty field in Sonycreek, PA, about 20 minutes flying time from Washington, DC.
Humbling and amazing.
This morning, the PAX of F3 Louisville remembered those who lost their lives on 9/11 by completing 2,977 reps of various movements in 45 minutes, broken up into individual sets of 93.
YHC gave the PAX a sheet of exercises, and simply asked them to get after it and to give every bit of effort to every rep. They did just that. Here’s what we did:
2. Plank Jacks
4. Flutter Kicks
5. Mountain Climbers
6. Imperial Walkers
7. Step Ups
9. Bonnie Blairs
10. Calf Raises
13. Air Presses
15. Big Boys
16. American Hammers
PAX partnered up for 186 reps per exercise as a team. That was 93 a person, in remembrance of those heroes who gave all on Flight 93.
186 x 16 = 2,976 reps.
Each member of the PAX then finished with 1 burpee.
That made 2,977 reps, in remembrance of the 2,977 who lost their lives on 9/11.
COT: PAX circled up for NOR, COR, announcements and intentions. I asked the Sky Q to be with all those prayers and intentions, spoken and unspoken. As always, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of THIS.