The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 3, 2011

Flight 93 tribute

New book honors heroes, crash-site community

The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — The 40 victims of United Airlines Flight 93 are symbolic of America’s will to fight back against terrorism – an effort that began in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and continues through the death of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden.

A new book – “Heroes Were Made” – will pay tribute to the bravery of Flight 93’s passengers and to the region that became their final resting place.

“Heroes Were Made,” slated for release in August, features a foreword by former Homeland Security Director and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

The book will include stories and photographs from nearly 10 years of coverage by The Tribune-Democrat. In addition, newspaper staff members are developing new content, including a chronicle of the efforts to fund and build a permanent memorial at the crash site.

The book is a joint project of The Tribune-Democrat and its sister publication, Johnstown Magazine.

“We’ve been reporting extensively on this tragic event for the past nine years,” said Robin L. Quillon, publisher of both the newspaper and the magazine. “We’re anxious to share our photographic and reporting archives with the world, which will give a detailed description of the events leading up to and including that tragic day.”

“Heroes Were Made” will sell for $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial project.

“This book will be a fitting tribute to the 40 victims of the crash of Flight 93 and will celebrate their sacrifice – which saved others,” Quillon said.

Beginning Monday, the book can be ordered online at

Orders also can be placed by calling (866) 307-0905.

“Heroes Were Made” will be available prior to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Somerset County.

“This book also celebrates the other heroes of Flight 93 – the community that embraced the families of the crash victims and made this story their own, and the many individuals who have worked so hard to bring the permanent memorial to reality,” Quillon said.

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