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Lutherans Eulogize United Airlines Captain Jason Matthew Dahl
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Fri, 21 Sep 2001 14:07:31 -0500
ELCA NEWS SERVICE
September 21, 2001
LUTHERANS EULOGIZE UNITED AIRLINES CAPTAIN JASON MATTHEW DAHL
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- About 1,300 family, friends and United Airlines
colleagues gathered at West Bowles Community Church, Littleton, Colo.,
Sept. 19 to say goodbye to United Airlines Captain Jason Matthew Dahl,
who was at the controls of United Airlines Flight 93 when it was
commandeered by hijackers Sept. 11.
According to the Sept. 20 issue of the Denver Post, Dahl's plane
was the only one of the four hijacked planes to crash into a rural field
instead of a "bustling workplace, possibly due in part to [Dahl's]
actions" and those of some "heroic passengers."
"His war has been won. He is free," said the Rev. Janice
Erickson-Pearson, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Littleton,
Colo. Holy Trinity is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America. Erickson-Pearson preached at the service honoring Dahl.
During worship Matt Dahl, son of the late Jason Dahl and a member
of Holy Trinity, shared a story with the congregation about his father
reading Dr. Seuss rhymes at bedtime. After reading some pages of a Dr.
Seuss book, Matt said, "Good night, Dad."
United Flight 93 originated in Newark, N.J., and was traveling to
San Francisco when it crashed onto a field in Somerset County, Pa.
For information contact:
John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or NEWS@ELCA.ORG
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