Posted: Sep 11, 2013 9:41 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Sep 11, 2013 11:02 AM
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Families of the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 have been remembering their loved ones today as heroes who made history through unselfish and quick actions.
The family members joined nearly 200 other people in reading the names of the 33 passengers and seven crew members, as they marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. They gathered at a memorial to the victims in western Pennsylvania, where the plane went down.
Investigators concluded that the hijackers brought down the plane amid an uprising by the passengers. Flight 93 had been traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was hijacked with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or the Capitol.
Recalling the actions of the passengers, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said, "We never know when we'll be called to lay down our lives for others."
The memorial to the victims includes a wall of white stone, with each victim's name engraved on a separate panel. A groundbreaking for a 6,800-square-foot visitor center was held yesterday.
196-a-16-(Gordon Felt, president, Families of Flight 93, whose brother was on Flight 93, in remarks)-"their heroic actions"-Families of Flight 93 President Gordon Felt says they wanted to build a memorial to honor the heros of Flight 93. (11 Sep 2013)
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197-a-12-(Gordon Felt, president, Families of Flight 93, whose brother was on Flight 93, in remarks)-"on September 11th"-Families of Flight 93 President Gordon Felt says people can chose to be inspired by the heroes of 9/11. (11 Sep 2013)
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185-r-19-(Sound of choir, singing at Flight 93 National Memorial)--Sound of choir singing part of the song 'Let There Be Peace on Earth' at the Flight 93 National Memorial. (11 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO PAGP103: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, left, and Gordon Felt, center, brother of Edward P. Felt, a passenger on Flight 93, place a wreath with the help of Navy honor guard Matthew Konchan, of Johnstown, Pa., in front of the wall containing the names of the 40 crew and passengers on Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in Shanksville. The bolder, top, marks the area of the plane's impact. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (11 Sep 2013)
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