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9/11 Flight Crew Memorial

by @ 11:15 pm on July 4, 2008.

The first purpose of this post and its related pages is to honor thirty-three heroes, the 9/11 flight crews:

American Airlines Flight 11
United Airlines Flight 175
American Airlines Flight 77
United Airlines Flight 93

The thirty-three 9/11 flight crew members.

The 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial in Grapevine, Texas, serves as a national place of remembrance for those first defenders. From concept to reality, the memorial was the noble work of Foundation volunteers. On these pages, as 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America honors the 9/11 flight crews, we feature the national memorial with the same hope as its creators, remembrance.

To view a May 29, 2008, Dallas/Ft Worth CBS TV Channel 11 video report on the making and meaning of the memorial, click on the image below:

Each image below on this page contains a link to additional information. A preview of that information is available by placing your cursor over an image.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO VISIT 911flightcrewmemorial.org -- from left to right, 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation Vice President Shirley Hall; 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial sculpture and Foundation President Dean Thompson, and 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial founder Valerie Thompson

On July 4, 2008, just outside of Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport, the first national memorial to 9/11 heroes was dedicated. Shirley Hall, who is a Flight Attendant and the Vice President of the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation, explained the memorial sculpture’s symbolism:

Shirley Hall, speaking of symbolism, at the the July 4, 2008, dedication ceremony of the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial, in Grapevine, Texas.

“As volunteers on this project, we have each spent time describing this statue in our attempts to raise funds to turn Valerie’s dream into a reality. From Bryce Cameron Liston’s original interpretation to the final magnificent piece of art you see here today, each of us has shared our ideas on the symbolism of the statue.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE to read the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation press release

“The entire bronze sculpture and Texas limestone base sit centered on the North, South, East and West directional indicator known as the “Compass Rose.” A granite facing displays the flights and names of the crew.

CLICK ON IMAGE to Tim Frazier's report on the sculpture's installation

“A stone column rises to support a large globe, as we all know the aviation industry spans the world. The impressive eagles, a national symbol of freedom, represent both airlines, American and United that lost flights that morning.

CLICK ON IMAGE to view a brief yet excellent video report on the dedication ceremony

“The Captain stands at the highest point, his copilot to his right, as it is on the airplane. The Captain is charged with the responsibility of protecting passengers, fellow crewmembers and the aircraft.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW SLIDE SHOWS of the 9/11 Flight Crew Memoria

(Click on image to view the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial)

“The First Officer is alert, his safety manual in hand, pointing to the western horizon, the intended destination of all four flights. Back-to-back placement of the Flight Attendants to the Cockpit Crew shows the teamwork of all flight crews, especially now — post 9/11.

CBS's written report: Statue Will Serve As Lone Memorial Dedicated To Flight Crews'

“The young girl with her teddy bear represents the traveling public. She is the family on their big vacation, the newlyweds on honeymoon, the grandmother on her very first flight, the weary businessman and unfortunately now… she is the soldier off to war.

“The role best known by the general flying public is portrayed by the male Flight Attendant. He drapes a blanket around the small child. His duties show a commitment to passenger care and service.

Brief biographies of all thirty-three 9/11 Flight Crew members

“Indicative of her role as a safety professional, the female Flight Attendant stands in the protected position: her hand held in the International sign for “stop”, shielding her passenger from harm.

For a PDF to download and print of the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial dedication's insert, CLICK ON IMAGE

“The 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial is dedicated to the 33 flight crewmembers that were lost and all the crewmembers that courageously continue to be the ever-vigilant professionals of the airline industry.

'On the Wings of Eagles' by Grapevine Mayor William Tate

“As you return to visit in a quieter moment, please remember that this site is sacred ground. Walk quietly, speak softly, pray if you will, cry if you must; but always look to the skies.


“To our heroes: first taken, last remembered, now honored.”

Looking Skyward: A one-minute slide show

9/11 Flight Crew Memorial is located at: 1000 Texan Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051.


We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Grapevine residents Donna Vickers, Tim Frazier, and Steve Novotny towards this post and the online memorial. In addition, we thank Lisa A. McCowan, Media Relations Manager of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, for her assistance and the additional photographs.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Valerie Thompson, Dean Thompson, the volunteers, the city of Grapevine, and all who helped make the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial a beautiful and fitting tribute to our heroes. Thank you.

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We will continue to add to these pages over time.

If you have suggestions or submissions for consideration, please email us at admin@911familiesforAmerica.org

‘Missing Man’ flyover video follows.

Note: This was originally posted at 11:15 pm on July 4, 2008.

10 Responses to “9/11 Flight Crew Memorial”

  1. Glynnis says:

    It seems unreal that 8 years have passed now. Most people that I know can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing that day. These brave men and women will forever be heroes to me. This is a beautiful tribute to them, as they will live on forever in the hearts and minds of so many people.

  2. Roger Balettie says:

    Absolutely beautiful… please accept the thanks and gratitude of the flying public for all that these flight crews do on a daily basis… and accept the thoughts and prayers that God bless the 9/11 flight crews and their families.

  3. [...] The heroic flight crews who lost their lives during the terrible events on September 11, 2001 have been honored at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. According to memorial foundation vice-president and American Airlines flight attendant Shirley Hall, every inch of the sculpture has significant meaning. The captain stands at the highest point, his copilot to his right, as it is on the airplane. The captain is charged with the responsibility of protecting passengers, fellow crewmembers, and the aircraft. The first officer is alert, his safety manual in hand, pointing to the western horizon, the intended destination of all four flights. Back-to-back placement of the flight attendants to the cockpit crew shows the teamwork of all flight crews, especially now — post 9/11. [...]

  4. Chaya Eitan says:

    May their names be remembered for a blessing.

  5. [...] The 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial dedication in Grapevine, Texas, host city to Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, took place on Independence Day. [...]

  6. Capt Tom Crews says:

    As I walked up to the memorial it was like a dream come true. As I walked around the statue and read the bricks and saw the names associated with the events and long term commitments to make this dissaster remembered. It was an exceptional tribute to the crews and passengers who lost their lives that morning. As I completed the circle I felt sadden that such an event could ever happen. All of our lives changed from that point forward. I want to thank Dean, Valerie, Shirley, and all of those directly involved to make such a memorial. I’m confident those who lost their lives would say thanks as well.

    We need never to forget what evil minds and forces in play in this world and what they are capable of doing. We need to remain focused to support our troops in defending this countries directives to redress these kinds of people.

    God Bless you all.

    – T

  7. M says:

    God Bless these Heroic People. The Very FIRST of the first responders. Forgotten in the immediate aftermath of this horror. It is sad that it took so long to recognise their sacrifice. I am happy to finally see a permanent memorial to their sacrifice. I am honoured to have known some of these wonderful people.

    God Bless us ALL.

  8. Elizabeth Rebholtz says:

    Just … stunning. I hope to visit the memorial someday to pay my respects. Thank you for all of us.

    God Bless.

  9. Loisanne Diehl says:

    Your memorial is absolutely heart-wrenching, but at the same time encouraging, as it shows that in times of terror, our country will stand together to support each other.

    I am a 9/11 widow. My husband worked in Tower 2 of the WTC, and we are STILL waiting for some kind of memorial — some say it might not even be ready for the tenth anniversary!

    God bless everyone who was on those flights, and everyone who made it possible to honor them.

  10. Gene Smith says:

    The people who fly us and make our modern life possible are professionals in every way. They should never be threatened by piracy or terrorism. On 9-11 pilots and crew displayed the very highest levels of heroism. They are very deserving of this wonderful memorial.

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