MN family remembers 9/11 hero

MN family remembers Sept. 11 hero

ST. PAUL,Minn. - September 11, 2001. Fifteen years since that unforgettable day in American history.

For some, 15 years may seem like a long time.

For the family of Tom Burnett Jr., it’s still as difficult today as it was then.

“You would think I would get over this after 15 years. I don’t. It’s still right there,” said Beverly Burnett, to a crowd inside the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel on Sunday.

Her son, Tom Burnett Jr., was a passenger on Flight 93. The plan crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers tried taking it back from the hijackers.

Tom was a U.S. Air Force Cadet. The Burnett family visited Tom's resting place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. His father, Tom Sr., says it’s still a place where he finds peace.

“Yes, I do. I also get a chance to say a prayer,” Burnett Sr. said.

He says he still struggles to forgive those who took so many lives that day. He does, however, feel pride his son was among so many who took action that day.

“All of them knew they were going to lose their lives, but they went ahead anyway,” he added.

Burnett Jr. attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington, where he played football. His letter jacket, that was on display at a local Applebee's, went missing a year ago. It has not been located.


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