09-11-2016 - 15 Anniversary 9-11: Barbara Jean Arestegui '80
15th Anniversary, 9-11
Forever In Our Hearts and Memories
Barbara Jean Arestegui '80
Fifteen years ago, four commercial airliners lifted off into the clear blue sky. Onboard were our family and friends. They were beloved husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Faced with measureless cruelty, they met it with matchless courage. In one of humanity's worst moments, they faced their final hours.
Those men and women would not return to the arms of their loved ones that day. But they live on in our hearts and memories exactly as they were as they left us that morning.
We will never forget that day or the people we lost – in The Twin Towers or The Pentagon or that empty field in Shankville PA, the crew and passengers on American Airlines Flight 11 & Flight 77 and United Airlines 93 & 175, and the heroic first responders who rushed into darkened stair wells and fiery wreckage and certain dangers.
We saw firsthand the fear and confusion but also the extraordinary human spirit and sacrifice displayed by ordinary people.
On that day, there were no questions of race or religion, background or political belief, color or creed... just a call to our common humanity that was answered by many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them today, 15 years later. We mark this moment each in our own way. Though time has passed, our love for those we lost never will. We dedicate ourselves to keeping their memory alive forever.
The Olympians of Leuzinger High School
Barbara Jean Arestegui '80, Flight Attendant - American Airlines Flight 11