McCain Honors Flight 93 Victims

By Julia Hoppock

Sep 11, 2008 3:59pm

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck reports: In Shanksville, Pennsylvania this morning Sen McCain spoke at the ceremony for Flight 93 victims’ families.

"It’s believed that the terrorists on United Flight 93 might have intended to crash the airplane into the United States capitol," McCain said at the ceremony near the crash site.  "Hundreds, if not thousands of people at work in that building, when that fateful moment occurred, could have been destroyed along with a beautiful symbol of our freedom.  They and possibly I, owe our lives to the passengers who summoned the courage and love necessary to deprive our depraved and hateful  enemies their terrible triumph."

McCain talked of great courage and sacrifice for the passengers on Flight 93 "who grasped the gravity of the moment, understood the threat, and decided to fight back at the cost of their lives."

The Arizona Senator and his wife Cindy spoke with the victims’ families and Sen McCain laid a wreath at the temporary memorial site which was marked by a fence with a number of first responder hats, patches, and flags attached to it.

The first phase of the permanent memorial in Shanksville will be completed by Sept 11, 2011.

Later today Sen McCain will appear with Sen. Obama at Ground Zero.

After deplaning in Newark, Sen. McCain shared a big hug with Kathleen Ashton who lost her son Tommy in the World Trade Center.  McCain called Ashton in 2001 after seeing a TV interview of her explaining Sen. McCain had been Tommy’s hero. 

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