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National Guard Uses Flight 93 Motto

March 25, 2002

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ As Flight 93 widow Lisa Beamer watched, the Air National Guard on Monday unveiled a star-spangled nose decal emblazoned with Todd Beamer’s famous fighting words, ``Let’s roll,″ on an F-16 fighter jet.

``I’m honored that you would use Todd’s words as a rallying cry for our war against terrorism,″ Beamer’s widow said. ``When I hear those words, I think of the grit and determination Todd and his fellow passengers had.″

The decal has already been applied to select aircraft throughout the Air Force and Air National Guard.

Todd Beamer, 32, telephoned from the hijacked United flight Sept. 11 and said ``Let’s roll!″ before he and other passengers apparently confronted the terrorists. The plane crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside, killing all 44 people on abard.

``He meant `Let’s roll’ in a specific instance, but he kind of kick-started our whole mission in the war on terrorism,″ said Staff Sgt. James Green, crew chief for the aircraft.

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