September 11, 2008

United Flight 93 9/11 Victims Honored

United Flight 93 victims were remembered Thursday in Shanksville, Pa., for their effort in 2001 to stop terrorists from reaching likely targets in Washington.

The 45 passengers and crew "understood the threat and decided to fight back at the cost of their lives," Republican presidential nominee John McCain said during a ceremony commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

America "will never forget the heroism in the skies above this field," McCain said at the ceremony at the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial.

Cell phones left on by passengers indicate passengers and crew stormed the cockpit to try to retake the plane, which crashed in a field.

United Flight 93 was one of four planes hijacked that day. Two rammed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington.