THE heart-breaking voicemail a victim of September 11 left his wife during his last moments has resurfaced as the 20th anniversary of the tragedy approaches.
Brian Sweeney was one of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives during the terrorist attack that devastated New York City.
The US Navy pilot and instructor was on United Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, when he made the now-famous call from a seat-back Airfone.
"Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I'm on an airplane that's been hijacked. If things don't go well, and it's not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you," Brian told his wife Julie.
"I want you to do good, go have good times. Same to my parents and everybody, and I just totally love you, and I'll see you when you get there," he added.
Julie, a teacher at a high school, was at work when her mother-in-law Louise called to tell her Brian's place had been hijacked, according to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
She heard the message in her machine when she got home.
Julie told the Museum she was thankful she got one last phone call from Brian, who was working as a defense contractor at the time of his death.
"The calmness in his voice soothed me… And it’s very powerful. He made very powerful statements with that message," she said.
The couple met at a bar in Philadelphia, and Julie told Newsweek six-foot-three Brian was "a force to be reckoned with."
They were married seven months later.
Brian's voicemail has become one of the memories people share every year to honor the victims of the terrorist attack.
Julie is now remarried and has two children.
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