Accession Number: C.2008.7.1
Dimensions: 66 in X 59.25 in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 167.64 cm X 150.495 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Association of Flight Attendants - CWA, AFL-CIO members Andrea Jones, Patrice Richardson, Jennifer Workman Golden and other United Airlines colleagues
Remembering Our Heroes United Airlines Flight 175 Memorial Quilt
Handmade textile quilt created from 144 pieces of retired uniforms worn by flight attendants, pilots, first officers, and customer service representatives of United Airlines. The quilt features the United Airlines crest with wings, epaulets from the pilot uniform, the United Airlines logo, and red stars assembled from the distinctive V detailing on the female flight attendants' shirts. At the quilt’s center, hand-embroidered script reads: "In Loving memory of United Flight 175 | September 11, 2001," followed by the names of all 11 United Airlines employees on board Flight 175 that morning: Robert John Fangman
, Michael Robert Horrocks
, Amy Nicole Jarret
, Amy R. King
, Kathryn L. LaBorie
, Marianne MacFarlane
, Alfred Gilles Padre Joseph Marchand
, Jesus Sanchez
, Victor J. Saracini
, Michael C. Tarrou
, Alicia Nicole Titus
After 9/11, flight attendants and crew members worldwide were faced with reconciling the tragedy and their collective sense of loss with returning to work. Patrice Richardson, Andrea Jones, and Jennifer Workman Golden, three Boston-based United Airlines flight attendants, were committed to doing something special in their honor.
In November 2001, the women began working together to create a quilt for each of the families of the seven flight attendants aboard Flight 175. Under their leadership, United Airlines personnel across the country contributed thousands of uniforms to the project. From their base at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, the three women set up a table at which participants could cut squares for the quilts from donated uniforms. Between March 2002 and September 11, 2002, they assembled eight quilts. The first seven quilts were made entirely from uniforms worn only by flight attendants and were given to the families of Robert John Fangman, Amy Nicole Jarret, Amy R. King, Kathryn L. LaBorie, Alfred Gilles Padre Joseph Marchand, Michael C. Tarrou, and Alicia Nicole Titus.
The eighth quilt, called Remembering Our Heroes, had a unique design commemorating the crew collectively as the first uniformed responders to die on 9/11, it includes the names of the seven flight attendants along with those of the pilot, Michael Robert Horrocks, co-pilot, Victor J. Saracini, and two customer service representatives, Marianne MacFarlane and Jesus Sanchez, who were also aboard.
Dedicated on September 11, 2002, the quilt was displayed inside the United Airlines crew headquarters at Boston Logan International Airport for five years. In October 2007, its creators presented the quilt to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.