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Mike Pence: Flight 93 Heroes Saved My Life

VP recalls 'longest 12 minutes of my life' on 9/11 anniversary

(Newser) - VP Mike Pence paid homage to the "heroes of Flight 93 " Monday during a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., but his speech had an unusually personal note: He thinks the passengers who brought down the plane on Sept. 11, 2001, saved his life. Pence recalled being a new member... More »

Pols Avoid Ground Zero as Cost Debate Rages

Obama, Romney put negative ads on hold

(Newser) - For the first time, no elected officials will speak at Ground Zero on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the AP reports. While many hailed the change as a separation of 9/11 from any sort of political agenda—"The fact that the politicians will not be involved, to... More »

Flight 93 Families Bury Remains

500 family members attend private ceremony

(Newser) - An honor guard played taps. American flags lay on caskets. Mourners put flowers on the casket lids. Nearly 500 family members attended the burial today of the remains of victims of Flight 93, at the new Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn. A Catholic priest, a Lutheran minister, a... More »

At Flight 93 Memorial, Courage Praised

Obamas pay respects in Shanksville

(Newser) - President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, placed a wreath at the Flight 93 National Memorial today, arriving at the site to pay respects to the 40 passengers and crew who died a decade ago. The Obamas visited the Wall of Names. Each of the 40 marble slabs is inscribed... More »

Flight 93 Crash Video Surfaces

'Probably a terrorist bomb,' narrates videographer Dave Berkebile

(Newser) - A massive cloud of smoke is all that remains in the sky of United Flight 93 in a video shot by a Pennsylvania resident seconds after the plane crashed on 9/11. The film has finally been released publicly 10 years after the 42 people on board went down in a... More »

Angry Kin: 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania 'Looks Muslim'

Dirt carvings highlight 'huge crescent pointing to Mecca,' critics charge

(Newser) - The latest Muslim brouhaha to erupt in the US involves an earthen memorial to 9/11 victims that "looks" Islamic, according to furious critics. The father of a passenger killed on Flight 93, which went down in Pennsylvania, is taking out an ad in a local newspaper blasting the planned... More »

Colo. Senator Compares Obama to 9/11 Hijackers

Schultheis denies reference to United 93

(Newser) - A Colorado state senator is at the eye of a storm of criticism for a tweet that critics say likened President Obama to the 9/11 hijackers—and urged violent action. “Don't for a second think Obama wants what is best for US,” David Schultheis tweeted. “He is... More »

Powell Praises 'Gallant Heroes' of United Flight 93

(Newser) - Colin Powell today honored the "gallant heroes" of United Flight 93 who fought back against their hijackers 8 years ago today. At a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., where the plane went down, he likened them to the "citizen soldiers" who have fought for the US since its inception.... More »

9/11 Ceremonies in Photos

(Newser) - The nation marked the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks today in ceremonies under gray skies in New York City, at the Pentagon, and at the crash site of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Today also was the first time the anniversary was observed as a national day of service, following... More »

Flight 93 Families Want 'Sacred Ground' Seized

Groups battle landowner for control of Pa. crash site

(Newser) - Families seeking a permanent memorial for Flight 93 victims are asking President Bush to seize the land where the hijacked plane went down on Sept. 11, the Washington Post reports. An advocacy group initially tried to buy the land, but ran into conflict with the owner. "What was left... More »

Six Years Later

Country, relatives mark anniversary of 9/11 attacks

(Newser) - Relatives gathered at a park near Ground Zero to remember the victims of the World Trade Center attacks today—the first anniversary without a clear blue sky, notes the New York Daily News. It was also the first time the memorial was moved away from the footprints of the towers.... More »

In Pa. Field, 9/11 Memorial Takes Shape

Critics see crescent of Islam, but Flight 93 project goes forward

(Newser) - New York isn't the only city with a stalled, controversial 9/11 memorial. In Shanksville, Pa., site of the crash of Flight 93, the new memorial park's architect has proposed an arc of red maple trees around the crater formed by the plane. But, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, some conservative columnists... More »

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