Updated 09/10/2011 06:22 PM
Presidents Pay Respects At Shanksville 9/11 Memorial Dedication
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Former President Bill Clinton vowed to help fundraise to allow for the completion of the memorial to the victims of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn., which was officially dedicated at a somber ceremony Saturday.
The site has a wall of light gray stone panels inscribed with the names of the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died aboard the plane on September 11, 2001, after some passengers fought their terrorist hijackers.
But it is only the first phase of construction of the $62 million memorial, and the final result will resemble an open-walled shelter.
The ceremony's preliminary speeches and poetry readings were followed by readings of the victims names and the ringing of a bell.
Vice President Joe Biden and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton praised the brave resistance by Flight 93's passengers and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar prefaced his remarks with a letter from former President Jimmy Carter.
Clinton compared the heroics to those displayed at the Alamo and Biden said that federal officials in Washington owed their gratitude to the 40 passengers' sacrifices.
Flight 93 was only 20 minutes' flight time away from crashing into the U.S. Capitol, just as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center and a third plane crashed into the Pentagon.
Musical components included bagpipe playing and singer Sarah McLachlan sang and played two songs on the piano.
Ground was broken on the project in 2009 and the memorial is expected to be completed in 2014.
The project still needs about $10 million to be completed, and Clinton and Boehner are now going to organize a bipartisan Washington fundraising event.
For more information on how to donate, visit www.honorflight93.org.