The Freelance Traveller (freetrav) wrote,
The Freelance Traveller

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September 11, 2001 was not the first time that the World Trade Center in New York had been targetted in a terrorist attack. On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb went off in the underground garage. Six people died, and over one thousand were injured (most by smoke inhalation). A memorial was created to those victims; that memorial was destroyed - and only one fragment of it has since been recovered - in the 2001 attack. A new memorial to those victims of the first WTC attack was dedicated today, incorporating that remaining fragment of the original.

On Friday, February 25, 2005, retired TWA flight attendant Uli Derickson died. Ms Derickson was able to save the lives of all but one of the passengers on a June 14, 1985, TWA flight from Athens to Rome, which had been hijacked by 2 armed gunmen. She did this through variously confronting the hijackers, singing the favorite ballad of one of them, bribing a ground crew into refuelling the plane, and hiding the passports she was ordered to sort for "Jewish names". The one passenger that she was unable to save was a US Navy diver. Ms Derickson has seemingly been forgotten, but she is one person to whom the appellation "hero" truly applies.

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