A Palm Springs church volunteer who was aboard one of the two airplanes that terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered at a prayer service today.
Church volunteer Barbara Keating will be remembered during the 9 a.m. service at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 2800 E. Ramon Road, on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the attacks.
Mayor Steve Pougnet will speak to St. Theresa’s students, staff and parishioners about the impact of 9/11 and Keating, who was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston, originally bound for Los Angeles.
Terrorists crashed the plane into the north tower of the World Trade Center. A second jetliner was crashed into the south tower, while a third was flown into the Pentagon. Passengers on a fourth jet overpowered their hijackers and the plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks, about 600 more than died in the Japanese surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 4, 1941.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to speak to the students and the St. Theresa community about the impact that tragic day had on our country,” Pougnet said.
“The eighth-graders were in pre-school when the tragedy occurred and may not remember much — while the younger children very likely don’t understand at all. It’s important to remind our students that we can forgive, but must never forget.”
St. Theresa’s in Palm Springs was founded in 1948.