Flight 93 Heroes Remembered After Bin Laden’s Death

SHANKSVILLE (KDKA) – The news of Osama bin Laden’s death spread quickly after President Barack Obama’s announcement Sunday night.

In Shanksville, the mood was more solemn as people gathered to remember the heroes of Flight 93.

Maryann Gibbs visited the crash site of Flight 93 one day after the Sept. 11 attacks. On Monday, she returned to the scene and the experience was very different.

This time, the man who was responsible for those tragic events had been held accountable for his actions.

She hung American Flags at the scene with a few words written on them.

“The say, ‘Bin Laden is dead. God bless the USA,’” Gibbs said.

Flight 93 was en route to San Francisco from Newark, N.J. There were 44 people on board, who battled the four hijackers.

Many people thought this day would never come. However, after nearly 10 years of searching, a group of elite counter-terrorism troops ended the life of the world’s most wanted man.

“I just didn’t think they’d ever get him. I just didn’t think they would. It’s been so many years. So, I’m surprised and delighted and just happy,” Elizabeth Zilke said.

“It just makes you feel proud that they pursued him and after all these years, they finally got him,” Jeff Barry said.

Gordon Felt is the president of the Families of Flight 93. He said Bin Laden’s death is something they looked forward to, but it doesn’t end the pain.

“Well, it certainly is important news for us and the world. While, this news can’t ease our pain from the loss of our loved ones, it does bring a certain measure of comfort to us knowing that Bin Laden, the face of terrorism, the founder of al Qaeda, can no longer spread his evil throughout the world,” Felt said.

While Flight 93 would crash, one family member said that the passengers died on their terms, not Bin Laden’s.

Most of the people at the memorial site were quiet in their joy and reflection. But, one man was bold in his patriotic proclamation as he arrived at the scene with a sign and an American flag.

“Justice is served. We’re not done yet. We still have a lot of work to do. And be prepared, just in case they do strike us again. They may try, but these colors don’t run and I’m proud to be standing here on this soil today. This is great isn’t it? I love America,” Jeff Rey said.

Kenny Knacke’s brother, Louis, was on Flight 93. He has traveled around the country to talk about the sacrifice of his brother and others on board.

On Monday, he talked to KDKA-AM’s Larry and John about the death of Bin Laden.

“It’s kind of hard to put the feelings into words. I got a phone call last night probably around 7 p.m. letting me know that it was a possibility that he was captured or killed. I was sitting with my mom and what’s kind of weird is that I didn’t tell her. I kind of held it in until it was confirmed and then you go through many things…to joy, to thanking the military to relief,” Knacke said.

Listen to the full interview here:


CBS News: Osama bin Laden Is Dead
Tom Ridge Comments On Bin Laden’s Death

Full interview with Tom Ridge
Full interview with Gordon Felt, the President of the Families of Flight 93
Obama: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Details On Bin Laden’s Death

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  • Kris Konop

    I lost two friends on 9-11 at the hands of Bin Liden…today even as a Christian who values life and hates killing and violence……I feel no remorse for the lost of this particular individual….none…and normally that would disturb me,…but not his time.

  • Boog

    Now the gubmint can invent another boogie man for us to be afraid off

  • Ryan

    I hate when people can’t spell simple words correctly.

  • Peace for us all

    I remember the horrible images of 9-11. Please don’t take this the wrong way. I certainly am not the one to make judgement if one should be killed, and Bin Laden is probably one person who really did, but what is disturbing to me is how rabid people are over the death of someone. We are cheering with this kill kill attitude. Again, do not take this wrong. I believe that Bin Laden deserved a death penalty for all he has done wrong. Whether by trial or not. It is just the utter joy of killing someone that is disturbing as a member of a civilized race. I suppose ‘i am looking at it as a sociology side.
    I am glad he can no longer terrorize the world, and no matter what you believe, I would not want to meet any judgement if I were him in the afterlife.
    God bless all those who lost their life and those families who suffered on 9/11. I still cry when it is mentioned or shown on TV. I only wish I could do so much more for you, but prayers are all I can offer.

  • weird

    5/2/2011 5+2+2=9 0 don’t count 11 = 9/11 Weird

    • Le-a

      Well that’s some good math…unfortunately he was killed yesterday…5/1/2011

      Just because you heard about it on 5/2/2011 doesn’t count lol

      • Le-a's boyfriend

        who you be callin a dumbA__? who dis is?

      • Le-a Get Your Facts Straight

        I’m sorry that in your sheltered life you think that everyone in this world is on the same time zone. Pakistan’s time is 9 hours ahead of us, making the date that he was killed 5/2/2011!!! I’m not the one who posted the comment before yours, but if you are going to try to make fun of someone, do it to yourself, dumbA__!!

  • stormie

    GOD bless America land that I love, stand beside her and guide her, bring truth and strength from up above.
    After all these years I still remember Todd Beamer and the other heoes of 9/11, our soldiers did a great job and I hope the government will remember them and all of our Veterans. ‘Lets Roll’.

  • Karl

    This is great news. Now we can get our troups out of Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of the week, right? Oh well, by the end of the month anyway, right? No More Lies!! Bring our Brothers and Sisters, Sons and Daughters home!!!!!

  • Angelina

    We saw a picture of Sadam…can we see a picture of Bin Laden? Just want to make sure he’s really dead.

  • redrock100

    Sic of hereing about Flight 93.

    • idiot

      eye no. well eye am sic uv peeple that kant spel, if ewe our sic uv hereing abowt Flight 93, tern off tha nooz and dont look at tha intranet idiot

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  • Never seen a plane

    Wheres the plane??? Did we find one yet????

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