September 11, 2001 changed the lives of all Americans. At 8:46 am, the first airplane hit the World Trade Center. 15 minutes later the second tower was hit. There were many heroes in the aftermath, but one gay man stands out as a hero that sacrificed his life to save countless others. As he was flying from Newark to San Francisco on United flight 93, the plane was hijacked by al-Qaeda. The plane was suspected of targeting either the White House or the Capitol building. Openly gay rugby player Mark Bingham helped lead a plan and fought to retake the hijacked plane. Bingham and the others on the plane were able to communicate with the ground, and the plane was ordered shot down by President George W. Bush, but his heroic actions helped prevent even greater devastation .