Thursday, August 10, 2006

Good Day, Our Loyal Subjects!

Today, We have been made aware of a campaign to honour those who perished in the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001.

We at Rose and the Royals are honoring the memory of Jeffrey Coombs, age 42, who was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. He was a resident of Abington, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, Christie, and their three children, Matt, Meagan and Julia. Jeffrey was a security analyst for Compaq Computers. He boarded AA flight 11 in Boston's Logan Airport, en route to Los Angeles, CA, along with a flight crew of 11, 75 "regular" passengers, and 5 hijackers, led by Mohammad Attah. The flight was delayed in taking off from Logan, but finally recieved clearance for takeoff at 7:59 a.m. The plane is believed to have been hijacked at 8:14 a.m. Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled from Otis AFB in Massachusetts, intended to intercept flight 11. But because Attah had switched off the transponders, the USAF pilots had no idea which direction to fly to meet the plane.

At 8:46 a.m., flight 11 crashed at roughly 490 mph into the north side of the north tower of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99. It is believed the aircraft entered the tower mostly intact. People below the impact area start to evacuate; however, no one above the impact zone is able to do so.

Today is August 10th, 2006. In 32 days, we mark the 5th anniversary of this horrendous event. It is the 5th anniversary of when simple, everyday freedoms of all Americans began to be curtailed.

It is also the 5th annieversary that Christine became a widow, and when Matt, Meagan and Julia lost their father. Please join Us in prayer for Jeffrey Coombs and his family, as they approach another anniversary of a day that changed their lives as they had known it as Americans. We all thought this sort of thing was not supposed to happen here.

We were wrong.