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At Flight 93 Memorial, Courage Praised

Obamas pay respects in Shanksville
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2011 11:35 AM CDT
At Flight 93 Memorial, Courage Praised
A candle-lit luminaria extends along phase 1 of the Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Saturday Sept. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

(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 with the name of someone killed in the crash of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Some 3,000 people were gathered at the Flight 93 memorial as Obama walked to a security barricade to shake hands. Others took his photo and sections of the crowd chanted "USA! USA!" One man called out: "Thanks for getting bin Laden!"Later, the president planned to visit a memorial outside the rebuilt Pentagon. Click through the gallery for scenes from the day around the world. (Read more 9/11 anniversary stories.)

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