First lady Michelle Obama speaks at Flight 93 site

Joanne Hanley, left, superintendent of the Flight 93 Joanne Hanley, left, superintendent of the Flight 93 National Memorial, applauds former first lady Laura Bush and first lady Michelle Obama after their speeches at a 9/11 Flight 93 commemoration near Shanksville, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - First lady Michelle Obama says future generations will come to the
western Pennsylvania site of the Sept. 11 crash of Flight 93 to “see how a scar in the earth has healed.” Obama says the 40 passengers and crew who died are an inspiration for the nation. She spoke Saturday at a memorial service at the crash site near Shanksville, Pa.

The hundreds who gathered observed a moment of silence that was broken by relatives reading aloud the names of the victims and a bell tolling for each.

Former first lady Laura Bush also spoke. She says “Americans have no division” on this day.

Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers seized control.

But passengers fought back and the hijackers crashed the plane about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Bush said that “in the face of terror, Americans chose to overcome evil.” A moment of silence at the service was broken with relatives reading aloud the names of the 40 passengers and crew who died and a bell tolling for each one.

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