10 Years Later: The National September 11 Memorial Opens
10 years ago, the WTC terrorist attacks changed the world. How do we remember the LGBT victims of the attacks?
David Charlesbois, a member of the National Gay Pilots Association, was the co-pilot of the American Airlines Flight 77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
Eugene Clark, 47, worked on the 102nd floor of the South Tower. He sent his partner Larry a voicemail stating “I’m OK. The plane hit the other tower. We are just evacuating”. Eugene is still missing.
Jeffery Collman was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower. His partner Keith of 11 years keeps his memories alive.
Luke Dudek, 50, worked for Windows on the World as a food and beverage controller. He is survived by his partner of 20 years, George.
Together 13 years, Ronald Gamboa, 33, and Dan Brandhorst, 42, were traveling with their 3-year-old adopted son, David on United Airlines Flight 175. It crashed into the second tower of the World Trade Center.
These are just but a few of the heroes that will be honored next week when the the National 9/11 Memorial opens in New York City. It is a tribute of remembrance to nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorists’ attacks of September 11 at the World Trade Center site, and the plane crashes near Shanksville, PA and at the Pentagon. It will also commemorate the six people killed in the WTC bombing in February 1993.