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Remembering Sept. 11’s Flight 93

Photo by Tami A. Heilemann, via the National Park Service.

The names of the deceased from Flight 93 were read at the Flight 93 National Memorial Wednesday at 10:03 a.m., the moment the plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, rather than the hijacker’s intended target of the U.S. Capitol.

“Because of the quick and determined actions of the passengers and crew, Flight 93 was the only one of the four hijacked aircraft that failed to reach the terrorists’ intended target that day. The passengers and crew showed unity, courage, and defiance in the face of adversity,” the National Park Service, which administers the memorial, wrote on its website.

On the day before the ceremony, workers in Shanksville, Penn., broke ground on the Flight 93 National Memorial and organizers announced they had raised $40 million, which gave them the green light on the memorial for the 40 passengers and crew members killed. That evening, lanterns were placed at the Memorial’s Wall of Names.

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