"Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" is an expression Todd Beamer used whenever his wife and two young sons were leaving their home for a family outing.
The 32-year-old businessman and Sunday school teacher said the same thing before he and other passengers apparently took action against hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on Tuesday, shortly before the plane crashed in a western Pennsylvania field instead of its intended target in Washington.
Beamer placed a call on one of the plane's on-board telephones and spoke for 13 minutes with a GTE operator who told him about the morning's World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Then he said he and others on the plane were planning to act against the terrorists aboard.
Beamer asked the operator to pray with him, and together they recited the 23rd Psalm. He asked her to promise she would call his wife of seven years -- who is expecting a third child -- and their two sons, ages 1 and 3. He then dropped the phone, leaving the line open. It was then that the operator heard Beamer's words: "Let's roll." Then silence.
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