The HNL RareBirds team honors the sacrifice of the flight and cabin crews of the four airliners, the heroic passengers who tried to take back UAL93, the heroic men and women at The Pentagon, and the heroic men and women of the NYPD, the PANY/NJ and the FDNY on that fateful day. The above photo is a memorial eternal flame that stands on the grounds of Honolulu Hale dedicated to those mentioned above.
Personally, I was awaken to a phone call from family in Los Angeles to turn on the TV. I saw the repeated horror of watching the UAL and AAL 762s hit the World Trade Center towers, which made my stomach turn. My work day was scheduled to videotape a Japanese tourist wedding near HNL, at the DAV Park at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. I took my scanner with me, and could hear the queue of inbound airliners trying to land. While on my way to the location, I could also see Hawai‘i Air National Guard F-15s orbiting HNL.