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Sept. 12, 2011 — For national Honor

Today’s Game of the Day
Millersville Penn Manor (Pa,) at Lehighton (Pa.)
The Comets sent a strong message to the rest of Class AAA with a 7-0 win over last year’s PIAA Class AAA runner-up Denver Cocalico (Pa.) on Opening Day, and have not stopped since. It will be interesting to see how Lehighton, last year’s Class AA runner-up, will do against the Comets’ attack.

Yesterday, Honor Elizabeth Wainio’s family gathered at a field near Shanksville, Pa.

There were thousands of families just like them who gathered in places large and small to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

Wainio, an executive with the Discovery Channel store chain, was on a business trip to San Francisco on United Flight 93 when it was hijacked.

Unlike the other three jets which were hijacked, the passengers and crew devised a plan to retake the cockpit.

It had been only a few days before, while in Europe for a friend’s wedding, when she uttered a sentence that would define her actions over the next few minutes.

“We have to purposefully seek out this presence of living into our lives back home,” she had said on that bridge in Paris. “We have to seek out and fully experience these moments of beauty that are constantly occurring in our daily lives.”

On a borrowed mobile phone, Wainio called her stepmother. Each said calming things to the other until Todd Beamer and the rest of the passengers mobilized to take on the hijackers.

Wainio, it turns out, was a former field hockey player at Catonsville (Md.) and was part of a postseason Baltimore County all-star team in 1990.

“Knowing Elizabeth,” her father Ben said last week to The Home News-Tribune, “I don’t think she was sitting there, passive.”

I’ve always believed that the enormity of the Sept. 11 attacks is not because of the numbers of people killed or the importance of the symbols. It’s just that you can’t find anyone who didn’t know someone who had a family member, friend, relative, or neighbor somehow affected by the tragedy.

The same goes for the American field hockey community.