Hundreds of people gathered in Grapevine as the sun rose on Saturday to remember the lives lost on one of America’s darkest days.
Members of the community, including flight attendants and uniformed pilots, gathered at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial to honor the victims of September 11, 2001.
“Today, for me as a flight crew member, is a time we will never forget,” said Erik Harris, National Treasurer of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
American Airlines’ very first female captain, Beverley Bass, recalled her Paris-Dallas flight on September 11.
“We were right in the middle of the North Atlantic when we heard over our aircraft radios that one of the towers had been hit,” Bass said.
During the rally, participants stopped for moments of silence for those killed, their families and first responders.
Valerie Thompson, founder of the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation, was an American Airlines flight attendant for 24 years.
Thompson’s late husband Dean Thompson created the 9/11 memorial sculpture, where Saturday’s ceremony took place. The memorial is dedicated to the 33 flight crew members who died in the attacks and to professionals in the airline industry.
“What is heartwarming is that we see everyone and it’s a respectful memory for all of us, and historic too,” she said.