Remembering 9/11: Todd Beamer, 'Let's Roll'

This 1987 Los Gatos High School graduate is believed to have participated in the attack against United Airlines' Flight 93 hijackers.

David L. Beamer is a broken man. On 9/11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists robbed him of his son, Todd Morgan Beamer. They hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, and Todd and other passengers are believed to have crashed it into the ground in Shanksville, PA, thwarting a planned attack on either the Pentagon or the White House. All 44 people on board, including the four hijackers, died.

How is David doing 10 years after the attack? Now living in Jacksonville Beach, FL, he says his faith in God has helped him live with the crippling loss, and he takes comfort in the knowledge that Todd was a Christian.

When asked if the country has made progress against the war on terror, David said Americans must realize that the fundamentalist Islamic threat is real and ongoing. 

"The same enemy, radical Islam, has been attacking Americans for decades," David noted, adding that his son and the 38 other passengers on the plane became soldiers the morning of 9/11 when they fought back against the terrorists.

Todd was one of many passengers on the plane who tried to alert authorities on the ground of the plane's hijacking and its possible use as a weapon against the Pentagon or White House. Through a conversation with GTE supervisor Lisa Jefferson, Todd learned that the World Trade Center had been attacked by terrorists using hijacked airplanes. 

Todd reported that one passenger had been killed and, later, that a flight attendant had told him the pilot and co-pilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded.

He told Jefferson that some of the plane's passengers planned to "jump on" the hijackers and fly the plane into the ground before the hijackers' plan could be followed through. Beamer also recited The Lord's Prayer with Jefferson.

According to Jefferson, Todd's last audible words were, "Are you guys ready? Let's roll."

"We can ill afford to be in denial about this enemy's objective or its tactics of using political correctness, accusations of bigotry, infiltration and deceit to rob us of our liberty," David said. "The enemy is diligently working to transform our republic into an Islamic state, one that is absolutely incompatible with our Constitution, liberties, rule of law and culture as we have known it."

Todd graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1987. He would have turned 43 on Nov. 24.

He attended Wheaton Academy, DePaul University, California State University, Fresno, and Wheaton College. He was an account manager for Oracle and lived in Cranbury, NJ, with his wife, Lisa Beamer, and two sons, David and Drew.

A deeply spiritual man who attended church with his family every Sunday, his third child was born after his death in January 2002.

In Los Gatos, the Morning Rotary Club has set up a scholarship in his name, and back East, a post office and high school bear his name.

Check out ActionAmerica.com if you'd like to tell the country how you're turning the events of 9/11 into positive action.

David L. Beamer September 10, 2011 at 04:52 PM
"The man is not broken, just his heart." All good wishes to our friends in Los Gatos. David Beamer
lizzie September 11, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Mr. Beamer, my heart hurt for you and your entire family ten years ago, and for all all families who lost loved ones as a result of 9/11. And today, ten years later, I feel just as much heartfelt emotion. I thank God for your son and all the other patriots on flight 93 and the sacrifices they made for all of us. I could not agree more with your statement that as a nation we can ill afford to be in denial about the objectives of our enemies and the ways in which they are bringing it about. It is so very true they are infiltrating the United States and using political correctness, accusations of bigotry and all the other methods you mentioned. I don't understand how the majority of the citizens of this country either cannot see what is clearly happening or choose to ignore it. I don't see how that is possible for anyone who was old enough to understand 9/11/ 2001. How quickly it seems we forget. God Bless you and your family. You all will remain in my prayers. Sincerely, Lizzie B.
AR September 11, 2011 at 03:26 AM
its sad that someone uses the supposed moral legitimacy of his proximity to loss to make xenophobic rants. this kind of paranoid screed has no business on an edited site. why was this published? and the byline at the end prompting us to provide our own views on "radical" islam really is just begging users to submit more ignorance. this is a low for this site, i might as well be watching sean hannity or mike savage. whats next, birther rants?
David Swindell September 18, 2011 at 07:28 AM
Dave Beamer was a childhood friend, and he was my roommate at OSU for his first two years--my only two. We are not in touch now, but I have fond memories of Dave. Surely his and Peggy's hearts were broken and they deserve our compassion.The pain of their loss on this anniversary surely is acute again. I would ask that almighty God comfort them and show them how Christ would ask them to treat their enemies. Dave Swindell--Gold Beach, OR
Alfred Romero April 30, 2012 at 09:07 PM
He was a good man to risk his life to save the wight house A good good man


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