Flight attendant’s pins from 9-11 crash returned to American Airlines

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  1. sobore
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    The gold pins glisten as if they had never been in the fiery explosion of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on 9-11.

    The two pins — AA wings and a APFA logo — worn by a flight attendant on that flight, were returned to American Airlines on Thursday after sitting unclaimed for over a decade in a government agency box.

    “It just helps you to know they will never be forgotten, even 13 years later,” said Cathie Ong, who received the pins on behalf of American and the families of crew members who died in the terrorist attacks during a ceremony at the C.R. Smith Museum. Ong’s sister, Betty, was a flight attendant on American Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center.

    The pins sit in a shadow box on top of an American flag and will be permanently displayed for the public at the flight museum, which is part of American’s flight academy, where thousands of pilots and flight attendants go for training every year.

    Though it is not known who the pins belonged to, the flights attendants on Flight 77 were: Michele Heidenberger, 57; Renee Ann May, 39; and Jennifer Lewis, 38, and her husband, Kenneth Lewis, 49.
    The flight attendant wings pin and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants union pin might never have made it back to Fort Worth if it hadn’t been for the keen eye of Joan Cote, director of USO Delaware.

    Cote often gives tours of Dover Air Force Base that include the offices of the Joint Personal Effects Depot, a military organization that collects personal effects of fallen military personnel. Items retrieved at the Pentagon are kept at the depot.

    Read More: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/01/30/5528639/flight-attendants-pins-from-9.html
  2. MX

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    It's so convincing that the pins survived intarnished, yet the rest of the plane and the bodies were vaporized without a trace.
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  3. Newscience

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    For those who go on a tour of the Pentagon, be sure to ask that it also includes the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, as well as the small chapel built in memory of those who fell there. See:

  4. blackjack-21

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    Saw this mentioned on CNN this morning.

    Sadly, the person who wore those pins proudly didn't make it home that day, but somehow, they've finally arrived to be among family and friends.
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  5. timfrost

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed... and I'll leave that particular train of thought there.

    The story is very touching and it's nice that the director put forth the effort and reams of paperwork necessary to return them to their home, if not the family of their owner.
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