Courage Of Shanksville Heroes Remembered
Sunday's day of remembrance rang true in rural Pennsylvania, where the heroic passengers and crew of United Flight 93 gave their lives 10 years ago to prevent terrorists from slamming into another U.S. target. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
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Sunday, 10 years to the day after the September 11th terrorist attacks, friends and families gathered at the new United Flight 93 National Memorial at a National Park near Shanksville, Penn.
The monument, which was dedicated yesterday, marks the crash site of the fourth aircraft hijacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001, which carried 33 passengers and seven crew members died.
"We gather here to remember ordinary men and women who did an extraordinary act of courage," said the Reverend Paul Britton.
The names of those known as the heroes of Flight 93 were read aloud to nearly 5,000 gathered in attendance.
The plane was headed to Washington, D.C. when passengers and crew, using airphones, learned of the other hijacked planes and realized the fate of their flight. They stormed the cockpit, thwarting an attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"They preferred to shorten the final minutes of their own lives to defend their nation," said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.
"They stood up, ordinary civilians, citizens just like us, and they took action," said Pennsylvania Congressman Mark Critz.
"We wondered, would we? Could we? Had we been in your place, shown the same resolve, the same selflessness, the same astonishing valor?" said former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.
Those in attendance at the service stood at The Wall of Names of the victims of Flight 93 remembering the bad and the good.
"Although the darkest side of humanity was certainly aboard Flight 93 that day, the very best of our humanity was on board as well," said John Hendricks the founder of Discovery Communications.
After the ceremony ended, President Barack Obama paid a visit to the memorial, laying a wreath to remember those who sacrificed so much.