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Cross Honors Heroes of Flight 93

Two-ton memorial forged from World Trade Center steel
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 1:58 AM CDT
Cross Honors Heroes of Flight 93
New York Fire Department employees Rick Snyder, left, and Christine Lee share a hug after the ceremony.    (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – A 14-foot-high cross forged from World Trade Center steel was dedicated yesterday in a moving ceremony near the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The 2-ton memorial was erected next to the Shanksville firehouse on a base shaped like the Pentagon. Flight 93 went down as passengers rushed the cockpit to prevent hijackers from flying it into its intended target in Washington, D.C.  

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"We wanted to find a home for this steel," said a retired New York City Fire Department lieutenant, one of hundreds of current and former firefighters who accompanied the cross from Brooklyn on motorcycles. "This is from our heart, and it’s from New York to Shanksville."  (Read more 9/11 attacks stories.)

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