Families remember loved ones from Flight 93

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Family members and loved ones of Stuart Todd Meltzer attend the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 11, 2021 in New York City. During the ceremony six moments of silence were held, marking when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93. The nation is marking the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center, Shanksville, PA and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Family members and loved ones of Stuart Todd Meltzer attend the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Nearly 20 years later, relatives of the victims from Flight 93 gathered at the Flight 93 National Memorial to remember those they had lost on Sept. 11, 2001. During the private ceremony on Saturday, the names of the 40 passengers and crew members were read aloud. After each name was read, a bell was rung in their memory.

Four commercial airplanes were meant to hit the hijacker’s intended targets on Sept. 11, 2001., however one plane, Flight 93, was diverted. The plane’s passengers and crew reportedly tried to regain control of the plane from the hijackers, where it crashed outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania missing what has been presumed to be its intended target, the U.S. Capitol.

The Families of Flight 93 organization President Gordon Felt lost his brother on the flight.

“For those that lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks in our country 20 years ago today, you know that we can never move on, but that we must continue to move forward,” said Felt to the crowd.

SHANKSVILLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: The sun rises at the Wall of Names at the 20th Anniversary remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center, Shanksville, PA and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

SHANKSVILLE, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: The sun rises at the Wall of Names at the 20th Anniversary remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

The park opened in the early afternoon to the public where reports said thousands came to the site. Calvin Wilson, who lost his brother-in-law Leroy Homer, a co-pilot on Flight 93, said both the ceremony and the memorial gives him the “opportunity to reflect.”

“We don’t focus on the damage. We don’t focus on hate, you know, we don’t focus on retaliation. We don’t focus on revenge,” said Wilson. “We focus on the good that was that he did the good that all of our loved ones have done and we come here and this is definitely a physical manifestation of them.”

At the memorial, Joe Biden placed a wreath at the Wall of Names where all the names of those who died from the flight are written in marble.

Stephen Clark, superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, addressed the crowd stating, “when the events of September 11 have passed from living memory, this memorial, created through tireless sacrifice of so many, will allow future generations to remember the inspiring story of Flight 93.”

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