'Field of Honor' Takes Inspiration From Flight 93

Saturday, 10 Sep 2011 04:06 PM

By Jim Meyers

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[Editor’s Note: If you would like to order a copy of the powerful new book, “Field of Honor: How Flight 93 Inspired a Nation”, click here now.]

As the nation marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an engrossing new book chronicles in words and photos the inspiring story of United Flight 93 and the brave Americans who fought back against terrorism on that tragic day, saving countless lives in our nation’s capital.

“Field of Honor: How Flight 93 Inspired a Nation,” by the staff of the [Pittsburgh] Tribune-Review, tells how 40 passengers and crew aboard the flight — aware of the day’s terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon — took action. They prevented the plane from reaching its intended target in Washington, and lost their lives in the process as the jet crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pa.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, two members of the Tribune-Review staff, reporter Mike Wereschagin and photo journalist Justin Merriman, discuss the book and the “first battleground” in the war against terror.

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Asked how we should remember the passengers and crew aboard the flight that day, Wereschagin says: “I think we should remember them for what they did, and for what it meant. They saved a lot of lives that day, at the expense of their own. It was an act of heroism.

“After working on this project, I think these are all stories worth remembering. Each of these contributed to their community, to their country. And I think it’s important that they all maintain their place in our collective memory. It was an amazing act. A selfless act. And it deserves its place in our history.”

As for what sparked the passengers to attempt to take control of the cockpit, Merriman says: “I think they realized there was no hope for them except to try to take back the plane. This was the first battleground of this war on terror.”

The 9/11 attacks have “changed us not only for the last 10 years, but this will continue to change our country and our world probably for our lifetimes,” adds Merriman, whose photo assignments have taken him to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“The threat of terrorism is a real thing that exists in the world. I’ve seen it first-hand. This is something we’re going to have to live with for a very long time, and figure out how to live and cope with without losing too much of who are as a country.”

The 112-page hardbound “Field of Honor” features stunning photographs, profiles of each passenger and crew member, eyewitness accounts and interviews with families and rescuers. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial, at the crash site near Shanksville, Pa.

[Editor’s Note: To order your copy of this powerful new book, “Field of Honor: How Flight 93 Inspired a Nation”, click here now.]


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