Clinton, Bush, Biden Speak at Flight 93 Memorial

Heroism on 93 an example of democracy in action: Bush
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2011 2:08 PM CDT
James Poe and his mother Elaine Dills listen to the dedication ceremony for the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Saturday Sept. 10, 2011.   (Amy Sancetta)
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(Newser) – The 40 passengers and crew who fought back against their hijackers aboard Flight 93 on 9/11 performed one of the most courageous acts in US history, former President George W. Bush said today at a ceremony dedicating the first phase of a memorial at the nation's newest national park. Bush also pointed to what he called a shining example of democracy in action, referring to the group's decision to hold a vote to decide to try to overpower the hijackers. He was among several high-profile speakers at the ceremony, including Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, and John Boehner.

Biden said that the actions of the Flight 93 passengers will always be recalled gratefully, for defining their country and sacrificing their lives so that others could live, the AP reports. Clinton said he and Boehner will mount a bipartisan effort to raise the remaining $10 million needed to completely fund the Flight 93 National Memorial, and he praised those aboard the plane as heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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