1. The Presidential Rescue
All the rescue operations and excavations performed in the aftermath of 9/11 deserve their own list. Civilian volunteers and NYPD/FDNY officers who rushed to ‘Ground Zero’ before the dust even settled are true Heroes. But, while the most epic rescue mission in history was conducted on September 11, 2001, it took place hundreds of miles South of lower Manhattan.
Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked four flights that morning – one to hit the Pentagon, two aimed at the World Trade Center and another for the White House. Flight 93 never made it to Washington D.C. thanks to some of the bravest, most valiant people the world has ever seen. Everyone knows that they fought back but do you realize how symbolic their victory was?
First and foremost, they VOTED to go Bruce Willis on the hijackers. So, in a way, they defeated al-Qaeda with Democracy.
One of these glorious bad-asses used the loud-speaker system to say “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” minutes before the plane went down. A flight attendant called her husband while filling pitchers with boiling water. When she heard that it’s time to roll, she told him “Everyone’s running to first class, so I’ve got to go. Bye.”