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Heroes of September 11



Heroes of September 11
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.81

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     challenging words:    airphone, bandanas, happening, heroism, hijacked, intervention, murderous, wreath-laying, determination, bombings, software, timeline, various, ceremony, literally, gratitude
     content words:    White House, Tina Hager, United Airlines Flight, New Jersey, San Francisco, World Trade Center, UAL Flight, United States, Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett


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     Spanish: Héroes del 11 de septiembre


Heroes of September 11
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Caption: President and Mrs. Bush participate in a wreath-laying ceremony in Pennsylvania for the victims of Flight 93 on the one-year anniversary of the crash. White House photo by Tina Hager.
 
2     On September 11, 2001, a group of forty-four passengers boarded United Airlines Flight 93 in Newark, New Jersey, prepared to take off at 8:00 A.M. All were headed to San Francisco for various reasons. Heavy air traffic delayed the flight until 8:45 that morning. A murderous timeline had already been set into motion by terrorists with the bombing of the World Trade Center. The Pentagon was the next to be hit.
 
3     By around 9:30 A.M. that morning, four Arab men had taken control of UAL Flight 93. They had taken control and had diverted its course. It was aiming straight for the United States capital, Washington, D.C. The terrorists tied red bandanas around their heads and announced they had a bomb aboard the plane. The forty-four passengers were sent to the back of the plane. The only records of the heroism and the terror aboard flight 93 are the recorded 911 calls. The cell and GTE airphone conversations were the only source of information that revealed the heroism of at least four of UAL 93's passengers: Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett, Mark Bingham, and Jeremy Glick.

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