Last Saturday, the 9 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, friends and family of Michael Horrocks gathered on the football field at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They gathered in a sea of gold, wearing t-shirts bearing the phrase “Honor Him. Never Quit. Love the Game. Win.” They gathered to honor Michael Horrocks, their fallen friend, teammate, leader, husband, and father.
Who was Michael Horrocks?
Michael was co-pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, the flight that was hi-jacked and flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Before his days as a marine and commerical airlines pilot, Michael was starting quarterback for the West Chester Golden Rams.
He played alongside starting linebacker, John Mininno. After his death, John Mininno and his teammates felt compelled to honor the man they looked up to.
Last Saturday, friends and family of Michael Horrocks gathered on the West Chester University football field for a dedication ceremony for a statue erected in Michaels Honor. The ceremony included the statue dedication, an address by Michael’s oldest daughter, a Marine Corps 21 Gun Salute, and a flyover of Squadron C-130 Transport Planes.
It was a beautiful and touching ceremony, and a wonderful way to honor a man that meant so much to so many.
There is no question that Michael Horrocks was a man who was loved. And now his memory will forever remain on the field at West Chester University.
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