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Panetta to visit Flight 93 memorial

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to visit the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville next week as the nation prepares to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the 11th anniversary.

The National Park Service said Tuesday that Panetta will take a private tour of the memorial Monday.

Patrick White, the president of a group representing victims’ families, says they’re grateful for Panetta’s visit and that it underscores the need to complete the memorial for the 40 passengers and crew members.

United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was hijacked by four terrorists. The 9/11 Commission said they likely wanted to crash it into the White House or the Capitol, but the jet went down in a field as passengers fought back.


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