SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Vice President Mike Pence will return to Flight 93 National Memorial Wednesday to take part in the 18th annual observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
A release from the National Park Service said Pence will be joined by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt at the ceremony, which honors the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who lost their lives in disrupting an attack on the nation’s capital the day of the attacks.
Pence spoke at the annual observance ceremony two years ago, saying the passengers and crew of Flight 93 were personal to him, crediting them with saving lives that day and possibly his.
Then a congressman, Pence recalled fleeing the U.S. Capitol building on Sept. 11, 2001, for an office across the street, where he learned a hijacked airplane was likely headed.
Instead, Pence said he received word that United Flight 93 and its four al-Qaeda hijackers had crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania due to the quick response of the passengers and crew of that plane.
“I will always believe that I and many others in our nation’s capital were able to go home that day and hug our families because of the courage and sacrifice of the heroes of Flight 93,” Pence said in his 2017 remarks.
This year’s annual observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Plaza adjacent to the Wall of Names.
At 10:03 a.m. — the moment Flight 93 crashed — the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and Bells of Remembrance will be rung in their memory.