Remembering the Victims of 9/11: Academics and College students on American Airways Flight 77

James Daniel Debeuneure was a father, husband, church-man and fifth grade instructor at Ketcham Elementary Faculty in Washington, D.C. Along with educating, he devoted a lot of his time to college students, instructional applications, and dealing with the college security patrol.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Debeuneure was a part of group six of lecturers and college students from three District faculties who have been aboard American Airways Flight 77 headed to California when shortly after takeoff from Dulles Airport terrorists hijacked and crashed the airplane into the Pentagon.

Pupil Bernard Brown, and instructor Hilda Taylor from Leckie Elementary; Debeuneure and pupil Rodney Dickens, of Ketcham Elementary; and pupil Asia Cottom and instructor Sara Clark, from Backus Center Faculty all died within the mass tragedy that killed 1000’s that fateful day, when terrorists took over and crashed 4 completely different planes: two into the World Commerce Heart, one within the Pentagon, and the opposite in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Although the occasion was 22 years in the past this week, the recollections from that tragic day are contemporary within the thoughts of the Rev. Henry P. Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Highland Park.

“The final sermon [Debeuneure] heard on that Sunday earlier than that fateful day, was as he sat within the balcony of the First Baptist Church of Highland Park,” mentioned Davis III, whose sermon was titled “Getting Your Room Prepared.”

“There’s a gap within the hearts of so many individuals. From a non secular perspective, many individuals began to lean on their religion,” Davis mentioned. “[September 11, 2001] was a wake-up name for many individuals and on the time church buildings have been crammed up as if the world was preparing.”

Remembering Pentagon Sufferer: Angelene C. Carter 

Spouse, mom, co-worker and pal Angelene C. Carter gave 26 of service to the federal government, with the final eight on the Pentagon, the place she was a employees accountant for the Division of the Military.

Conserving her reminiscence alive, husband Fred Carter refused to speak about his spouse prior to now tense after she died on Sept. 11. As an alternative, he talked about falling in love with a girl he met on the dance ground and the way they loved one another.

A member of the St. Paul Baptist Church of Capital Heights, Maryland, Carter was recognized for her persistence and prudence, advocacy for teamwork, and, of utmost significance, a ministry of encouragement constructed round nice topics akin to God’s sovereignty, energy, compassion, and forgiveness. She was a member of the Grownup Usher Board and varied Bible examine teams. In line with her household, after a full day of regimentation, she would conclude the day with a private Bible meditation and reflection interval adopted by prayer.

The Rev. Grainger Browning, pastor of Ebenezer African Methodist Epicipal Church in Fort Washington, mentioned he misplaced two of his members from the assault on the Pentagon.  Simply the day earlier than the assaults, one of many victims devoted his life to Christ.

“The Sunday earlier than 9/11 I prolonged the invitation for Christian discipleship and a person in uniform got here down to present his life to Christ. His identify was Jackson. He died on 9/11,” Browning mentioned.

“Rev. [Jesse] Jackson and I went to the Pentagon two days and there have been nonetheless embers from the explosion and you can nonetheless scent the smoke from the explosion. The households have been so appreciative that we got here and Rev. Jackson prayed for them.”

Browning additionally needed to minister to his household and group proper after the assaults.

“For these of us dwelling in Washington, D.C. I keep in mind dashing to my daughters college and I needed to pray for therefore many kids whose households labored on the Pentagon. It took on one other perspective and the emotional toll.

Utilizing the Previous to Inform ‘Our Future

“The aspect of the Pentagon that was struck, I used to work in that area “ Minister Davis Worley of the Sandtowne Church of Christ in Baltimore. 

Worley, 60, a retired Marine Employees Sgt, is a husband and father of three. 

He mentioned it’s “onerous” for generations in the present day “ to establish with 9/11 as a result of they didn’t see all the destruction, the agony and the sorrow.”

“I handed the Pentagon that morning earlier than the incident and we didn’t know that day if we’d be known as into motion as a result of I used to be nonetheless on energetic obligation. I knew a number of folks,” Worley defined. “My message in the present day isn’t to overlook the previous,” he added. “Our previous is known as a instructor for our future.”


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