WASHINGTON, (KUNA) — Speaking on Saturday at the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Vice President Joe Biden — joined by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — said the passengers on the plane knew it was more than a hijacking.
“When they heard the news, when they found out what happened in New York, they knew that what they were going through, it was something more than a hijacking,” Biden said. “They knew it was the opening shot in a new war. And so they acted”.
Bush said the actions aboard Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, were one of the most courageous acts in US history.
Forty passengers and crew of the flight gave their lives for their country when they overcame four hijackers to crash the plane into a Pennsylvania field before it reached Washington.
President Barack Obama was scheduled to appear at the Shanksville memorial, as well as Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in New York, and at the Pentagon, on Sunday during events commemorating the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.
Clinton said he and US House Speaker John Boehner will mount a bipartisan effort to raise the remaining 10 million dollars needed to complete funding for the Flight 93 memorial.
More than 4,000 people, including relatives of those killed when the plane crashed into a rural Pennsylvania field, attended the service on Saturday.