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Leon Panetta to visit Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 4, 2012 6:43 PM

(Undated) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to visit the Flight 93 memorial in Somerset County next week, as the nation prepares to remember the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The National Park Service said Tuesday that Panetta will take a private tour of the memorial Monday, the day before the 11th anniversary of the attacks.

Patrick White, the president of the Families of Flight 93, says they're grateful for Panetta's visit and that it underscores the need to complete the memorial for the 40 passengers and crew members.

United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was hijacked by four terrorists. The 9/11 Commission said they likely wanted to crash it into the White House or the Capitol, but the jet went down in a field outside Shanksville as passengers fought back.

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