Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

FedEx MEC Thanks Congressmen For Ensuring United Flight 93 is Not Forgotten

Sep 24, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sep 24, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On September 11, 2013, ceremonies were held across the nation to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of that tragic day in 2001. From a farm field in Pennsylvania to a memorial garden outside Washington, D.C., family members, colleagues, and fellow Americans took time to acknowledge the sacrifice those heroes gave.

One such event that should have taken place was the placing of a wreath in front of the plaque honoring the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 within the Capitol rotunda in D.C. South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson noticed that no such wreath had been placed, and he reached out to his colleague, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, to correct this error. Congressman Scalise and the Republican Study Committee (RSC) made it a priority to order and arrange for a wreath for the passengers and crew of United 93. The Architect of the Capitol and Speaker of the House then made it official and committed that this would not happen again, promising that a similar wreath will be laid there each year.

The FDX Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l, is deeply appreciative of the effort of these two congressmen and the RSC in ensuring that our fellow aviators and Americans alike are not left to be forgotten with the passage of time. FDX MEC Chairman Captain Scott Stratton stated,

"We took a solemn promise on September 11, 2001, that never again would we stand idly by and allow such dastardly actions go unanswered, and that we would forever remember that thousands of Americans were murdered for just being an American. Specifically, United Airlines Flight 93, embodied the American ethos of not giving up and fought valiantly to overcome those on that fateful day who intended to bring this great nation to its knees. We will never forget."

SOURCE: FDX Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l