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Governor Chris Christie right now.
Shaking hands with President Obama governor Christie of course from New Jersey.
One of the people who will also be reading a statement here -- wanna bring in the former governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge and the former Homeland Security director as a result of September 11.
And want to get his memories this morning governor you're.
One of the first to see firsthand the crash site of flight 93 in Shanksville that day and shortly after the attacks as I mentioned you became.
The director of Homeland Security.
You're live this morning from -- now.
Good morning to -- -- Where's Richard.
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And it's very important to mention that because I know some people have felt that Shanksville.
Has not been forgotten but may be left out of all the memorials to a certain extent because of so many more people dying in the New York City area and of course at the Pentagon.
I know you've been instrumental in keeping the memories alive.
In Shanksville and the memorial that is there.
There is a big event there yesterday governor were you there.
Earlier I was here and and and that you know the I believe the forty -- -- and and that's it very tight knit group are are very grateful for the attention that the country has paid did their very grateful for the fact that.
Of the three memorial says this is the only one that's going to be part of a National Park Service are grateful for the presence.
President Bush and President Clinton and vice president to have Biden and their words.
And that frankly it has been a little more challenging because you know when I got here read a couple hours after the flight landed.
Expected to see what many of us see when you cover commercial aviation accidents.
But there was no well wing parts are fuselage parts were still parts of the airplane.
As we learned afterwards it descended it over 500 miles an hour and there was this big smoldering GAAP.
There was nothing to record that no visuals -- the families remember and they're very very grateful that you and the rest of the country have remembered as well.
Of course we remember.
The stories of that plane and such an important piece of history in the sense that the courageous people on board that flight.
Warning that terrorists from crashing into the capitol building -- the White House in Washington DC.
Were you when we talk about our brave military we use the words honor courage duty valor.
But these were citizens who were aboard that plane on the way to vacations to visit loved ones.
And -- in that twenty or thirty minutes that decided that they.
Knowing armed with the knowledge.
That the passengers and crew.
In the other three planes did not have been armed without knowledge.
Knowing their lives were going to be expanded.
They decided that they would be if extended -- -- are greater cause a cause greater than themselves and obviously I've talked many members of congress to hear speaker Boehner is here and they know they understand and appreciate what happened.
Because it saved hundreds of lives if not thousands of lives in Washington a -- you a couple people were actually working in the capital not political people just good old.
Good people go to work every day.
Date this is the third trip they made to this site because they understand that their lives.
They live lives now there were granted them by the courage and the valor of forty people people they never met who took action for people they would never -- as well.
Speaking to governor Tom Ridge she was the governor of Pennsylvania 1911 happened and then became the Homeland Security director also looking at live pictures.
On your screen -- President Obama and the First Lady.
And former President Bush and Laura Bush is bakery now family members and dignitaries to -- governor Cuomo -- New York governor Christie of New Jersey.
As Homeland Security director.
Was was -- a job that you looked forward.
To going into hadn't been so intricately involved as the governor of Pennsylvania and having one of the terrorist attacks happened in your state.
-- when the President Bush.
Made the initial phone call me a couple of days after 9/11 we talked about the experiences we both had his governor's any new -- well I.
Felt good about my stating that being having the opportunity to instantly Pennsylvania that.
You know well.
Unfortunate and unfortunately the tragedy of 9/11 like 300 million Americans say what could we do how could we help.
And I was one of the fortunate ones because a president that actually gave him an assignment then there.
I would tell -- this I will always be grateful for that phone call.
I know that you can't see the video that we're watching right now of President Obama Michelle Obama.
Former President Bush Laura Bush greeting family members at the memorial here.
But what do you think this day means for our country in general and I see now the -- bush daughters as well Laura and Jenna what does this -- mean.
For our country's governor ridge.
-- -- I truly believe that it it.
If it changed America.
In many different in fundamental ways.
I'd like to think and that it certainly at least initially brought us closer together.
For me I think we need -- Occasionally you'll look over our shoulder.
And better understand that -- solidarity.
Is our strength.
And that we do come together and we understand and appreciate differences of opinion that we reunite together around a common cause.
And I think those are questions that are going to be.
That we've learned of this generation has learned that hopefully these memorial -- remind future generations.
That America is undeniably resistant resilience.
That -- are our salvation and our future is based on our solidarity those are very very good lessons for us to understand now and for future generations to learn.
As you can see now from the live pictures all of the people that -- gathered down here in New York City.
Governor ridge I don't know -- had the opportunity to be in new York and see this memorial it is quite staggering in its beauty.
It now has the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States and as -- -- just looking at that perspective shot a moment ago as the president was walking away you could get a sense of just.
How massive this entire situation is here.
I know that you have the memorial there in Shanksville as well and we appreciate your time today governor ridge.
-- thank you very much as we've learned on nine elevenths.
Tragedies are something we remember but it didn't stop America moving forward.
Very well but I'll leave it at.
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