Tue. 8 p.m.: Trump hails heroes of Sept. 11 at Shanksville service

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. ä Thousands of visitors sat in near silence this morning in Somerset County, Pa., as a pair of bells rang out with dramatic chimes.

They rang 40 times, sounding to honor the passengers and crew members, who died when United Flight 93 plummeted into a vacant reclaimed strip mine in Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001.

The plane crashed when those 40 passengers and crew members chose to take action against four hijackers, thwarting their plans to use the aircraft to attack the nation’s capital.

President Donald J. Trump stood at the Flight 93 National Memorial today, not far from the plane’s impact site, where he spoke in remembrance of those who died here 17 years earlier.

“We are here to pay solemn tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members on Flight 93 who rose up, defied the enemy, took control of their destiny and changed the course of history,” Trump said. “Today, we mourn their loss; we share their story.”

Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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