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United Flight 93 Hero Mark Bingham, ΔΔ '93, Honored in Upcoming Documentary

Thursday, April 14, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
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United Flight 93 Hero Mark Bingham, ΔΔ '93, Honored in Upcoming Documentary

Since 1841, Chi Psis have made their mark on our nation's history. And while the experiences and influences of our many nationally-recognizable Brothers vary, we are always proud when one of us makes a difference for others. The time has come for us to recognize one of these Brothers…a national hero who took a stand in one of our country's darkest hours.

On May 20, 1989 Mark Bingham was initiated into Chi Psi at Alpha Delta Delta at University of California. As an undergraduate, Mark served as #1 and represented his Alpha at the Sesquicentennial Convention in 1991. In speaking to those closest to him in school, you find that Br. Bingham was a fierce competitor, loyal friend, and dedicated Brother with a huge capacity to love. He was the leading spirit of his Alpha, who brought joy through friendship to many. His rare gift of making everyone he talked with feel like the center of the universe made everyone he likedfeel like one of his closest friends.

It is widely believed that Mark Bingham and three other men confronted the terrorists on United Flight 93 on the morning of September 11, 2001 and that their heroic actions brought the plane down before it could hit its intended target. This news did not come as a surprise to Mark's family and those that knew him best. From their perspective, there would have been no question in Mark's mind what he would do in that situation.

Over the past nine years, Mark has been remembered and honored in many ways. Some of these include the following:

Mark is also being honored in an upcoming feature legth documentary titled With You. The film explores the lives of Mark and his mother, Alice Hoagland, a former United Airlines flight attendant. Devastated by her loss but inspired by the memory of her son, Alice becomes a nationally-known authority on airline safety and a champion of LGBT rights across the country. Within the shadow of a national tragedy, With You illuminates a personal story of love, loss and the true nature of heroism.

The 9-minute preview reel can be found at http://www.withyoufilm.com/. The reel has gotten great reactions so far, and major festivals and a major national broadcaster are waiting eagerly for the final, full-length cut.

The film's producers have launched the "We Are With You" Campaign to raise $50,000 to complete the edit. So far, just over $21,000 has been raised toward that goal. On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, a fundraiser and screening event will be held at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco. Tickets are available at http://withyou.eventbrite.com/. Space is limited. Those who cannot attend but who still want to make a secure, tax-deductible, online contribution can visit http://www.withyoufilm.com/make-a-donation/.

There is a glaring omission to the list above. Mark Kendall Bingham,ΔΔ'93, is a national hero and part of the fabric of Chi Psi. By all accounts he is the personification of the Fraternity's ideals. These realities should be reflected in the Fraternity's written history and standard operation. Last month, I asked my fellow members of the Executive Council to call upon the 170th Annual Convention, meeting August 3-7 in Ann Arbor, MI,to institute a fitting and meaningful way to accomplish this. I also asked Alpha Delta Delta Brothers to take a lead role in this effort.

Let us not let September 11, 2011 arrive without this important work accomplished. If you have an interest in helping the Fraternity shape an appropriate recognition for Brother Bingham, please contact me at sbessey@chipsi.org.

YITB,

Sam

Sam Bessey
#23, Executive Director
Chi Psi Fraternity


 

 


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