Monday, September 11, 2006

Her Father, the Hero

Kimberly Powell spotted this fascinating story of a Minnesota woman whose search for her birth parents led to United Airlines Flight 93. Mariah Mills found out in 2004 that Tom Burnett was her biological father. Her adoptive mother was the first to read the birth certificate.

Cathy didn't know what to do with the information she held in her hand. She called her husband at work and told him the name. He recognized it right away. And they both remembered what Mariah had said on 9/11: "I think one of my parents is dead."

Of course, they had reassured her then that the chances were "one in millions." Most of those killed lived on the East and West coasts, they had said.

Walter Mills shakes his head in disbelief as he recollects Mariah's words on 9/11.

"That — what's the word? Premonition? Yes, premonition. That's nothing science could ever explain." [Link]

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