We Remember

Brother, cousin of Flight 93 passenger featured at Warren County’s Sept. 11 Memorial Service

Ken Nacke talks about his brother, Joey Nacke, who was a passenger on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

Louis ‘Joey’ Nacke was a distribution center director in New Jersey for Kay-Bee Toys.

According to his brother, Ken Nacke, who spoke at Tuesday’s 9/11 Memorial Service at Warren County Memorial Park, a truck of toys went missing on the way to San Francisco.

So Nacke boarded United Flight 93 – from Newark to San Francisco – for a day-trip to San Francisco to sort out the issue.

Ken said he could count on one hand the number of times his older brother flew for work.

The flight was initially delayed.

But the delay afforded time for the 40 passengers and crew to make calls to the ground and gain information about what was happening.

“The greatest thing that happened that day, they all came together as one,” Ken said. “They were able to concentrate and become the first soldiers in this new war on terrorism.”

Those 40 people came together to crash the plain in central Pennsylvania, making sure it didn’t make it to Washington and strike a place like the White House or the Capitol.

“That’s amazing. To me it’s an amazing feat they all did,” Ken said. “I take great pride in my brother.”

He said he became involved in the memorial process and became one of the 15 federal advisory commissioners that oversaw the design of the Flight 93 memorial.

“You’re about three hours away from the Flight 93 memorial. You should put that on your bucket list…. Paying my respects to my brother is one of the most important things I have and cherish.”

Joey Nacke’s cousin, Patrick White, was also in attendance.

White, the president of the Friends of Flight 93, was on hand outside Shanksville for the memorial event on Monday.

With Vice-President Mike Pence in attendance, White called the event “wonderful.”

He reflected on the phrase “United We Stand” and said “it is when we are at our best” when we are united.

But Monday’s service was about more than just the Towers, the Pentagon or the field outside Shanksville where Flight 93 crashed.

“We have come here to remember,” Ed Seebeck said.

Veterans and first responders – fire, EMS and police – were recognized and the names of first responders that passed away in the last year were recognized.