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FLIGHT 93 memorial to be dedicated today – USATODAY.com

September 10, 2011

People arrive at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Penn., on Saturday.

Flight 93 memorial to be dedicated today

By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY Updated 28m ago

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Cars began to line up hours before the dedication of the Flight 93 memorial Saturday as the sun started to peek out among the clouds and signs and flags lining the route to the memorial honored the heroes of Sept. 11.

By 11:33 a.m. ET officials were saying there were too many cars to handle. They stretched for more than a mile along Route 30 where vendors sold American flags to visitors stuck in traffic.

A sign at Castagna’s Restaurant read “God bless the heroes of Flight 93.” Families and children stood almost in parade formation waving flags.

Harry Kramer had braved the washed-out roads, steady drizzle and mile-long backups on muddy roads Friday. He wanted to pay his respect to the victims of Flight 93.

He will be at the site again Saturday to see the unveiling of the first phase of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial that has been 10 years in the making. And he’ll be here Sunday, when the 10th Commemorative Memorial Service is held.

“I’m glad to see it,” said Kramer, who lives near Philadelphia. “It’s a great tribute to the people who were on the flight.”

Forty passengers and crewmembers on United Flight 93 died on Sept. 11, 2001, when they fought back terrorists who were planning to slam the plane into a Washington, D.C., landmark — possibly the U.S. Capitol or the White House.

Kramer’s second cousin Lorraine Bay, 58, was a flight attendant on that flight.

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