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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP)– Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the 9/11 attack site, in Somerset County on Wednesday morning.

Pence credited the crew and passengers who fought back against hijackers on 9/11 with protecting the U.S.

Pence spoke at the commemoration of the hijacked Flight 93, which crashed in a western Pennsylvania field, killing 40 passengers and crew.

The Flight 93 National Memorial marks the site near Shanksville where the plane went down at 10:03 a.m. after passengers fought back. Officials concluded the attackers had aimed the Boeing 757 toward Washington, D.C.

Pence says the memory of those killed in the crash is “carved into the hearts and memories of the American people.”

Sunrise September 11, 2019, at the Memorial Plaza Observance site with the Bells of Remembrance in Somerset County, PA. (Source: NPS)

The terrorists also flew two planes into the World Trade Center skyscrapers in New York and a fourth into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 3,000 people died in those attacks by the end of that day in 2001.

Eighteen years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond.

The attacks’ aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 invasion has become America’s longest war.

 

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