EAST LANSING, Sept. 9, 2023 - Most Americans know the name Todd Beamer, the 9/11 hero who famously said “Let’s roll” before preventing the terrorists aboard United Flight 93 from completing their attack on that fateful day. In the struggle, the flight crashed over a Pennsylvania field. While we grieve the loss of life, we honor Beamer and his fellow passengers today. Their heroism prevented that plane from crashing into its Washington, D.C. target and killing many more people.
Many are not aware that Beamer was a Flint native. Michigan Remembers looks back today at the Michigan roots of this man who gave everything to protect his country, and solemnly remembers each of the 42 Michigan victims of 9/11 who perished in the 9/11 attacks. Their profiles can be found at michiganremembers.org, and we hope you, too, will take a moment to reflect on their lives and their sacrifice on this 22nd anniversary.
“It has been our mission to recognize every person from Michigan who lost their lives on September 11, 2001,'' said Patrick L. Anderson, one of the founders of the Michigan Remembers 9/11 Fund and a survivor of the New York City attacks. “We intend to make sure their names and their stories are not forgotten, no matter how many years pass.”
Anderson is known as the principal and CEO of the Anderson Economic Group in East Lansing, but he was also staying in the World Trade Center Marriott for a conference that day. His story was featured on the national PBS series “We’ll Meet Again’ in 2018.
The Michigan Remembers 9/11 Fund is a 501(c)(3) charity and its efforts are entirely supported by private donations. The Fund has previously sponsored "Run to Remember" events, high school essay contests, and travel for Michigan’s first responders to the World Trade Center for 9/11 events.