North Texans To Mark Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

Alan Scaia
September 11, 2018 - 6:49 am
September 11 Memorial

Alan Scaia

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Hundreds of people gathered in the rain around Grapevine's 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial to mark the anniversary of the attacks in 2001. Thirty-three crew members died on the four flights that were hijacked.

Two flights were American Airlines', including one from Boston to Los Angeles. Pilot Timothy Hamel was scheduled to fly American's next flight along the same route.

"We were on the van to the airport. We heard what happened on the radio and turned around immediately and went back to the hotel because we knew everything would be shut down," Hamel says. "It was difficult to getting out on my cell phone to call home, so I could let them know I was okay."

Grapevine police and firefighters also attended the ceremony to honor first responders who were killed at the World Trade Center.

"This morning, we remember all of the victims, the airline staff, the firefighters, the paramedics, the police officers, the fathers, the mothers," says Grapevine Police Chief Mike Hamlin.

Hamel says memorials like the event in Grapevine can help show a new generation that was born after the attacks why they were significant.

"My kids were 11 and nine years old at the time, and they had a hard time dealing with it," he says. "We'll have this as a history lesson for them never to forget. It's nice that we do this on an annual basis, but where will we be in another 15 or 20 years? Will it continue to be carried forward?"