In memory of the heroic flight crews who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, retired United Airlines flight attendant Paul Veneto is embarking on a unique journey called “Paulie’s Push.” Covering 300 miles over a month, Veneto will push an airline beverage cart from New Jersey to western Pennsylvania, ensuring that the sacrifices of these sky-borne American patriots are never forgotten.
Flight Crews: The First Responders on 9/11
Veneto believes that flight crews were the unsung first responders on 9/11, bravely facing unprecedented challenges during the hijackings.
To honor their memory, he retraces the tragic routes taken by each of the four domestic airliners hijacked by terrorists on that fateful day.
A Personal Tribute
The mission holds deep personal significance for Veneto, who knew the crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
One of the crew members killed that day was his friend and colleague Amy Jarret
Multiple Pushes Planned
This marks Veneto’s third “Paulie’s Push” with one more planned in the future.
He previously walked from Boston to the World Trade Center Memorial and from Washington Dulles International Airport to the Pentagon.
The fourth and final push will be from Boston to the World Trade Center, honoring the crew of American Airlines Flight 11.
A Challenging Journey
The push from Newark to Shanksville will be Veneto’s longest and most challenging yet.
It will take him through New Jersey and into the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Despite the arduous terrain, Veneto is determined to honor the incredible heroism displayed by the crew of United Airlines Flight 93.
Honoring Flight 93 Heroes
Flight 93 was the fourth and final hijacked plane on 9/11, with courageous crew members and passengers who made the ultimate sacrifice to prevent further tragedy on the ground.
Veneto is inspired by their selflessness and considers them true American heroes.
As Paul Veneto embarks on this physically demanding journey, he hopes to keep the memory of these brave flight crews alive and ensure that their contributions to the nation’s history are forever cherished.