Do you remember Todd Beamer? On September 11, 2001, he was the hero who said â€œletâ€™s rollâ€ as he and a band of other heroes aboard United 93 led the first counter-attack in the war on terror.Iâ€™m sure that you have already heard about the new movie based on the events of that day aboard that fateful flight. The movie is called â€œUnited 93â€³ and you can watch the trailers here.
Some have been questioning the timing of the movie and whether releasing such a movie shows disrespect to the families of the victims.
Todd Beamerâ€™s father, David Beamer, weighs in on the debate in todayâ€™s Wall Street Journal in an OP-ED titled â€œUnited 93: The filmakers got it right.â€ Mr. Beamer writes:
Paul Greengrass and Universal set out to tell the story of United Flight 93 on that terrible day in our nationâ€™s history. They set about the task of telling this story with a genuine intent to get it rightâ€“the actions of those on board and honor their memory. Their extensive research included reaching out to all the families who had lost loved ones on United Flight 93 as the first casualties of this war. And Paul and his team got it right. . .
There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Canâ€™t we just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Letâ€™s discuss, negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very way of life.
I encourage my fellow Americans and free people everywhere to see â€œUnited 93.â€
Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences. Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact.
May the taste of freedom for people of the Middle East hasten victory. The enemy we face does not have the word â€œsurrenderâ€ in their dictionary. We must not have the word â€œretreatâ€ in ours. We surely want our troops home as soon as possible. That said, they cannot come home in retreat. They must come home victoriously. Pray for them.