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Bells rung, names read in honor of Flight 93 victims

Written by Ben Allen and The Associated Press | Sep 11, 2015 2:51 PM
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Visitors gather on the overlook at the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitors Center in Shanksville, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, as the nation marks the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

(Shanksville) -- Hundreds gathered in Somerset County to remember the lives lost when United Airlines Flight 93 went down during the September 11th attacks.

33 passengers and 7 crew were killed in the crash.

A new visitor's center is opening at the site in Shanksville, featuring a museum of artifacts from the day.

Visitors can also listen to some of the 37 calls made from Flight 93 after it was hijacked.

Speaking at today's ceremony, National Parks Deputy Superintendent Keith Newlin says it's not a typical national park education center.

"We have to educate the kids that don't remember this or have very little memory of this, and we also have to set up leadership programs because in 35 minutes they made several key leadership decisions," says Newlin.

Newlin says the design of the visitor's center helps show the gravity of the attacks.

Debby Borza is the mother of Deora Bodley, who was returning to San Francisco on Flight 93, after visiting friends in New Jersey.

"I hope that they're inspired to do something wonderful in their lives after they go through the visitor's center, that they go home, and maybe that they have the same, some kind of courage like those on the plane had the courage to do what they did, that they'll have the courage to take on something in their lives," she says.

A white stone wall tracing the doomed plane's flight path sits near the plane crash site, with each victim's name engraved on a separate panel.

There are still plans for a 93-foot-tall tower with 40 wind chimes near the national park's entrance.

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