“Let’s Roll” — how a catchphrase became a rallying cry for patriotic bravery

Rare | 9/8/2017 | Alex Thomas
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The last known words of Todd Beamer, who lost his life when United Airlines Flight 93 went down in a Pennsylvania field, are among the most famous in history. Before the sacrifice of Beamer and the 36 other passengers and 7 crew members, “let’s roll” was just a phrase. But since that chilly September morning, it has become a rallying cry.

Unlike the other hijacked planes on 9/11, Flight 93 was in the air for almost an hour before the terrorists overtook the cockpit. Passengers were able to call their loved ones and learn of the tragedy at the World Trade Centers. As the plane moved over the east coast, a group of patriots on board decided to go down fighting. Tom Burnett, 38, told his wife, “we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it.” Jeremy Glick’s last words to his spouse were “we’re going to rush the hijackers.” But it was 32-year-old Todd Beamer who uttered the last known words on the doomed flight — “let’s roll.”

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