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Pence attends Flight 93 memorial ceremony in Pennsylvania

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke introduced Vice President Mike Pence during the 16th anniversary of the Flight 93 National Memorial ceremony Monday morning. (WJAC)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke introduced Vice President Mike Pence during a ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Monday morning.

Once Pence took the stage, he recognized the passengers and crew members of the downed flight whose names were read one by one and echoed into the wind during the ceremony.

Pence shared where he was that day, in the nation’s capital, recalling officials warning the plane was just 12 minutes out. Plotters of the attack have indicated the Capitol Building may have been the intended target.

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 who caused the plane to crash in a field in Shanksville instead.

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 he will never forget their heroic actions that day.

Sitting in the front row were the victim’s families. There were tears of sadness and devastation but there was also a lot of American pride as many paid their respects.

Pence ended his speech by saying the memory of the loved ones on Flight 93 will never die and their heroic story will forever be told.

The service began with the national anthem sung by the United States Air Force and Celtic Aire.

A private ceremony was later held for the victims' families at the Memorial Plaza, where the names of the 33 passengers and seven crew members are listed on a wall.

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