First lady, Laura Bush to speak at Pa. service honoring victims of Sept. 11 crash of Flight 93

By Jennifer C. Yates, AP
Saturday, September 11, 2010

First lady, Laura Bush to speak at Flight 93 site

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — A moment of silence has been held in western Pennsylvania where hundreds are gathered to remember victims of Flight 93 on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The silence was broken Saturday morning with relatives reading aloud the names of the 40 passengers and crew who died and a bell tolling for each one.

First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush are to speak at a service in Shanksville, Pa., at a temporary memorial near the crash site. The first phase of a permanent memorial is to be completed for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers seized control. But passengers fought back and the hijackers responded by crashing the plane about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

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