Sunday, September 11, 2016
To My Fellow Co-Workers:
As we experience the 15th anniversary of 9/11, I just wanted to take the time to express my respect for each and every one of my fellow Flight Attendants in Charlotte and all Flight Attendants worldwide. Our job has never been easy and it has been extremely difficult for the last several years as a result of 9/11. We have faced many changes through bankruptcies, mergers, pay loss, lifestyle loss, etc.
Not realizing that our LUS Flight 427 that crashed in Pittsburgh on September 8, 1994 had a 22-year anniversary, I had the opportunity to see an early release of Sully on Thursday. I was also thinking of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and thinking about what to write to everyone.
When all the dates within a week came together, I became very emotional. When Sully finally started after all the previews, I immediately became overwhelmed thinking about the lives lost and the lives saved–two separate tragedies followed by one miracle. I immediately choked up and thought about each and every one of us and how we are all heroes.
We get up each and every day to do our jobs, leave our families, and our lives. No one but each of us knows what we are dealing with every day when we go to work. No one knows for sure if we will be able to come home again. Flight 427, as well as other accidents and 9/11 prove that. Flight 1549 was a miracle because of not only the flight deck, but because we had great, well trained Flight Attendants Donna Dent, Shelia Dail, and Doreen Walsh.
I could go on and list the crews from US 427, AA 77 and 11, and UA 175 and 93, but I believe we all know and pray for them as we do every year on each anniversary. As you are just reflecting and sending prayers, or working on 9/11, I hope you are proud to be a Flight Attendant and you enjoy our profession as I do. We are the first responders and we are better together, ensuring our safety and security.
Many people at Piedmont know that Denise Jackson was a Flight Attendant for us and her husband Alan Jackson wrote a wonderful song after 9-11… Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning? I will leave a link to the song to remind us all where we were.
Thank you, all my fellow heroes.