Flight 93 Remembrance
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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke introduced Vice President Mike Pence during the 16th anniversary of the Flight 93 National Memorial ceremony Monday morning. Once Pence took the stand he reminded this common field one day became a field of honor forever. Pence had an emotional speech for hundreds gathered for the ceremony. He recognized the passengers and crew members whose names were read one by one and echoed into the wind during the ceremony. Pence shared where he was that day in the nations capital. Pence recalled officials saying the plane was just 12 minutes out. He said he was able to go home that day among others because of the courage and bravery of the 40 on board Flight 93. He used words like courage,selflessness and inspiration to describe the 33 passengers and seven crew members of United 93. Pence said those men and women turned a day of tragedy to a triumph of freedom and said he'll never forget their heroic actions that day. "We were able to go home that day because of the courage of crew and passengers For me, it's personal." Sitting in the front row were the victims families. There were tears sadness and devastation but there was also a lot of American pride as many paid their respects. The annual ceremony began with the national anthem sung by the United States Air Force and Celtic Aire. Each name of the 40 heroes were read aloud followed by the ring of the bell by a U.S.S. Somerset captain and a United Airlines flight attendant. Both of them knew some of the crew members who perished in the crash. Pence ended his speech by saying the memory of the loved ones on Flight 93 will never die. Their heroic story will forever be told and generations will forever be inspired by the heroes on Flight 93. A private ceremony was later held for the victims families at the Memorial Plaza. That's where the names of the 33 passengers and 7 crew members are listed on a memorial wall. The ceremony will end with a wreath laying and the gate to the crash site will open. It is something that is done every year on the anniversary of 9/11. In remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and in honor of Patriot Day, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all flags and Commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex, at Commonwealth facilities, and throughout the state, lowered to half-staff at sunrise.