All right, by now a lot of people must have seen the trailer for United 93. The tag-line says it all. On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked, three made their targets. United 93 tells us the story of the fourth plane. Here's the trailer:
There was a gay rugby player on the plane, Mark Bingham, and I hope that fact will be clear in the movie. It appears he was a true hero in the flight. Our gay is played by real-life-gay actor Cheyenne Jackson. Seriously, do you need more reasons to see the movie? I know it may be a bit early to see the tragedy on the big screen (my hubby might not see the movie -- being from New York and all) but I believe it will be a good thing for everybody, including for the families of the victims. A bit of closure. Check out the info on the tape recorded during the terrorist attack here.
UDPATE ON APRIL 18,2006: Jimbo sent me this: "Members of the Washington Renegades RFC traveled to Shanksville, PA on April 15th, 2006 to participate in a cleanup and improvement effort at the United Airlines Flight 93 Memorial.
On September 11, 2001 Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville as those aboard valiantly attempted to wrest control of the aircraft from hijackers. All 40 passengers and crew were killed. If it were not for their heroic actions many experts believe that the plane may have been crashed into the US Capitol or the White House. One of the heroes of Flight 93, Mark Bingham, was a fellow rugby player with whom the Renegades feel a special connection. Mark had played in a tournament the Renegades hosted in Washington, DC and proved to be a tough competitor. Since Sept. 11, the Renegades have participated in an international rugby tournament named in memory of Mark. That tournament will be held again this Memorial Day weekend in New York City, and the Renegades will be competing. While playing in that tournament honors Mark as a rugby player, through this service project the Renegades seek to honor Mark and the other heroes of Flight 93 for their courage and sacrifice.
The Renegades partnered with Donna Glessner, one of the 40 Flight 93 'Ambassadors' who volunteer their time and effort to maintain the temporary memorial. Along with Boy Scout Troop 151 they hauled, spread and smoothed over 20 tons of crushed limestone in order to make the memorial area wheelchair accessible.
'Our country owes a great debt to the brave Americans that lost their lives in this field and we feel honored to be here,' said club President Ned Kieloch. While there the Renegades were able to meet many of the first responders from the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department and hear their heartfelt stories of September 11th first hand.
'It was great to have the Renegades here and we hope they can return for other projects,' said Glessner."