Flight 93 Memorial honors 9/11 victims

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 11, 2013 6:09 AM

(Shanksville) -- The Flight 93 National Memorial is honoring victims of the September 11th attacks with a bell-ringing ceremony at the time when United Flight 93 crashed in a western Pennsylvania field, killing 40 passengers and crew.

The National Park Service says the names of all 33 passengers and seven crew members who died in the crash will be read at 10:03 a.m. Bells will be rung in their memory.

Park rangers and volunteers also will give presentations about Flight 93 and the creation of the memorial park, located in Shanksville, Somerset County.

Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was hijacked with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol.

President Obama will observe the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with a moment of silence and a visit to the Pentagon Memorial.

Obama will join first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden and members of the White House staff in a moment of silence on the White House South Lawn.

In New York, the anniversary is expected to be the last before the September 11 museum opens at ground zero. That's due this coming spring.

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