This Is The Final Voicemail Message Of A Man Who Died In The 911 Attack Heartbreaking Words To His Wife!

This Is The Final Voicemail Message Of A Man Who Died In The 9/11 Attack | Heartbreaking Words To His Wife!

The unexpected tragedy on September 11, 2001, was an event that forever changed the course of American history. Among the heart-wrenching stories of that day is the last message of a passenger on the airplane that got hijacked to his wife. This is the story of Brian Sweeney, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175. Brian left a final voicemail for his wife just three minutes before the plane crashed into the World Trade Center. At the time of his call, his wife couldn’t pick up the phone. His message, which went straight to voicemail was filled with love but was also strangely calm in the face of close danger. Let’s hear what Brian had to say moments before his passing. 

The Fateful Day: Brian’s Last Goodbye

On the morning of 9/11, Brian got on a routine flight from Boston to Los Angeles. United Airlines Flight 175 took off at 8:14 a.m. unaware of the tragedy that would soon unfold. The plane turned off course at around 8:47 a.m. When the plane was making the unscheduled turn no one on the ground thought of the plane being hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists.

However, the passengers came to the understanding that the plane was hijacked. Brian also realized that the situation was not looking good. In his final moments, he chose to leave a message for Julie using a seat-back phone on the plane. He expressed his love and urged her to live a fulfilling life.

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At the time, Julie Sweeney was teaching a class and she missed the call. However, Julie didn’t hear his message until she came home from work. Julie’s mother-in-law soon got in touch with her to tell her the devastating news. 

By that point, Brian Sweeney and over 3,000 people were dead from the 9/11 attacks. Julie and countless other Americans were shattered, to say the least.

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Julie’s Decision to Share The Heartfelt Message

A year later, in 2002, Julie Sweeney decided to share her husband’s final message to the world. Her idea was to help other grieving families who have gone through the same thing.

“There are still times when I cry and I listen to his message. It’s still a part of me and there’s probably still a lot of healing I have to do. I’m thankful for it. So thankful for that message. Because, at least I know, without a shadow of a doubt, what he was thinking. The calmness in his voice soothed me… And it’s very powerful. He made very powerful statements with that message.”  

Julie Sweeney
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Healing With The Power of a Final Message

Ever since his unforgettable death, Julie took Brian’s final message to heart. She’s living a good life. Julie got married again and is a mother of two children. She frequently volunteers at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, with the hope of bonding with survivors. Not only that, she intends to keep Brian’s memory alive.

“All I needed was that message and I think he very selflessly left it. I don’t think he left it until he knew that he wasn’t coming home.”

Julie Sweeney

Who Was Brian Sweeney?

Brian Sweeney was a figure of strength and warmth. A former U.S. Navy pilot, Brian had served as an instructor at the esteemed TOPGUN before an accident led to a medical discharge. Despite the setback, Brian’s undefeatable spirit saw him transition into a successful career as a ‘defense contractor.’

Beyond his professional achievements, Brian was a devoted husband to Julie. Their life together in Massachusetts was filled with love and shared dreams, displaying a partnership built on mutual respect and affection.

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Brian Sweeney’s final words to his wife are more than just a farewell. They are a testament to the power of love and the unbeatable human spirit. In the face of unimaginable tragedy, his message reminds us of the capacity for kindness, bravery, and selflessness. As we remember the events of 9/11, let us also hold onto the personal stories of those like Brian. 

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