Newton North Principal Remembers Mother Lost On Flight 93

By Alana Gomez, WBZ-TV

NEWTON (CBS) – Ten years ago Jennifer Price was saying goodbye to her mother and stepfather after they visited her new baby girl.

The couple’s next stop was to the airport for a flight to visit Price’s grandparents.

Don and Jean Peterson arrived at the airport early.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

Instead of boarding United Flight 91, they got on an earlier and less crowded United Flight 93.

Four terrorists tried to take the plane over during the flight and ended up crashing it in a Pennsylvania field.

“It feels like yesterday and it feels like so long ago,” said Price.

As the principal of Newton North High School Price is an outspoken leader.

On the inside, she’s much quieter about personal matters.

But it’s the tragedy she keeps tucked away that helped create the strong woman you see today.

“For me it’s how to you handle that, and how do you move on, and how do you continue to live your life in a way that my mother would be proud of.”

Ten years after the tragedy Price is looking for a way to honor her parents in Newton, and big steps are being taken to make that happen.

The Newton 9/11 Committee is an organization comprised of concerned citizens in the town.

None of them lost loved ones in the attack, but they serve as a voice and representation for the nine Newton victims killed and their families.

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“It’s just really important that we honor them and that people have a place they can go and they can reflect,” said Sande Young, president of the committee.

The committee is raising money to complete a memorial they hope to build at Newton City Hall by next year.

The design was created by architect Mark Sangiolo. The design incorporates representations of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Flight 93’s path.

Price says the memorial will not only help the families of the victims but serve the community for years to come.

“Opportunities for us to stop. For us to think for us to meditate, and for us to dream. It’s not just about what was but it’s also about what will be.”

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  • gramps

    Tribute to flight ’93′, new lyrics to ‘Angels flying too close to the ground’ by ‘Willie Nelson’.

    If you had not have acted
    Then we would not have known you
    Angels flying too close to the ground

    And in your action…you saved many others
    Knowing you’d be gone in awhile
    Your love kept our spirits up
    As we laid you down

    We know someday…will meet again
    For love’s the greatest memory…to be found
    You ask us to remember…the lesson that you left us

    Angels flying too close to the ground

    (Piano/Instrumental Solo)

    Fly on, fly on past the speed of sound
    We’d rather see you up…We won’t let you down

    You left us cause you had to
    We will still remember…the lesson that you taught us
    Angels flying too close to the ground

    You left us cause you had to
    We will still remember…the lesson that you left us
    Angels flying too close to the ground


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