Black Marble Tablet Memorializes United's Jason Dahl
It was a private affair, with
friends and family in attendance. About 150 of them gathered in a
suburban Denver (CO) subdivision, not far from where United Flight
93 pilot Jason Dahl lived. Far away from the crash site in
Pennsylvania where he died, far away from that terrible day in
2001, the people who knew Dahl best erected a monument in his
"If you knew him, you would know what friendship meant," said
Diane Krauss, who organized Sunday's memorial. "In doing this
memorial, I've seen the goodness of people, and it has brought me
to tears over and over again," she told the Denver Post.
UAL 93, with Dahl at the controls, went down near Shanksville
(PA) on September 11th, after passengers and crewmembers stormed
the cockpit, which had been taken over by terrorists. All the
passengers and crew, including Dahl, were hailed as heroes.
But more than half a country away, it wasn't how Dahl died that
friends remembered. It was how he lived.
"I have this fear of flying, and he reassured me that as long as
he was in the cockpit, United was the way to go," said neighbor
Jean Baker, who had dinner with Dahl and his wife, Sandy, just a
couple of days before 9/11.
Fellow airline pilot Tom Brown said Dahl treated him like a
manager rather than a pilot with less seniority. "It impressed me
that he was my mentor but he was treating me like I was something
special," he told the gathering.
The memorial is black granite topped by a golden eagle. The
inscription reads, "May he soar with the eagles."