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secretary thank you very much.
Vice president doctor -- President Clinton.
speaker and members of congress and my friends Tommy Franks and Tom Ridge thank you for help -- raise money for this memorial.
Members of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation.
All those who supported this memorial but most important families.
A flight in history.
Lauren are honored to join -- And dedicating this memorial.
To the heroes.
Of flight -- he's very.
When the sun rose in the Pennsylvania sky ten years ago tomorrow.
It was a peaceful September morning.
By the time it -- nearly 3000 people who have gone.
The most lives lost.
On American soil in the single day since the battle of -- The justice of the decade.
9/11 can feel like a part of a different era.
For the families.
Of the men and women stolen.
Some of whom join us today.
Good -- whenever I feel like history.
The memory of that morning as fresh and so is the pain.
America shares your grief.
We pray for your comfort.
And we -- dreams.
September 11 2001 innocent men and women went to work in the World Trade Center.
They reported for duty at the Pentagon.
They -- American flights eleven and seven -- seven.
United flight 93 and 175.
They did nothing to provoke.
To deliberate act of murder that.
Al-Qaeda carried out.
-- the lessons of 9/11.
Is that evil -- real.
And so is courage.
When the plane struck the World Trade Center firefighters and police officers charged up the stairs.
Into the finds.
As the towers near collapse.
They continue to rescue efforts.
Ultimately more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
Gave their lives.
Among them was -- chief of the New York City Fire Department.
-- -- The -- colleague put it.
He would never ask anyone to do something.
He didn't do himself.
Pentagon service members and civilians -- friends and strangers from burning rubble.
When special forces soldier recalls.
Reaching through a cloud of smoke.
In search of the wounded.
-- -- -- -- relief prayed to find someone alive.
He discovered severely burn woman -- carried her to safety.
-- -- -- -- -- Where she explained that she's been praying for rescue.
She called him.
Her guardian Angel.
And then there's the extraordinary story we commemorate here.
-- United Airlines flight 93 were college students from California.
Our work from New Jersey.
Veterans of the Korean War and World War II citizens of Germany and Japan.
Pilot we rearrange his schedule.
So that he could take his wife.
On a vacation to celebrate their anniversary.
When the passengers and crew realize the plane had been hijacked it they reported the news calmly.
When they learn that the terrorists and crashed other planes into targets on the ground.
They accept a greater responsibilities.
-- -- -- -- -- The passengers gathered to devise a strategy.
The moment America's democracy was under attack.
Our citizens defied their captors.
By holding a vote.
The choice they made would cost them their lives.
And they knew it.
Many passengers -- their loved ones to say goodbye and hung up to perform their final act.
One said they're getting ready to break into the cockpit I have to go.
I love you.
Another -- it's up to us.
I think we can do it.
And one of the most during -- Todd Beamer father of two with a pregnant wife at home in New Jersey.
Asked -- your phone operator to join him and reciting the lord's prayer.
Any -- lead the charge to the front of the plane with the words.
With their selfless act the men and women who storm the cockpit but lived out the words.
Greater love hath no man -- us.
That a man lay down his life for his friends.
And what they're brave decision they lost the first counter offensive.
The war on terror.
Most likely -- of the hijacked plane was United States capitol.
We'll never know how many innocent people might have been lost.
We do know this.
Americans are alive today because the passengers.
Of flight 93 chose to act.
And our nation will be forever grateful.
The forty souls who perished on the plane.
Left a great deal behind.
-- left spouses and children and grandchildren.
-- -- They left successful businesses and promising careers in a lifetime of dreams and they will never had a chance.
And let someone else.
A legacy of bravery and selflessness and it always as Americans -- America.
For generations people will study the -- -- story of flight 93.
You'll learn that individual choices make a difference.
That love and sacrifice can triumph over evil and hate.
And -- what happened above this Pennsylvania field.
Ranks among the most courageous acts.
In American history.
The memorial we dedicate today.
Will ensure that our nation always remembers those lost here on 9/11.
We have a duty beyond memory.
We have a duty beyond honoring.
We have a duty to live our lives in a way that -- the ideals for which the men and women gave their lives.
To build a living memorial to their courage and sacrifice.
We have a duty to find common purpose as a nation.
And the days after 9/11 the response came like a single hand.
Over a single hard.
Members of congress from both sides of the I know you're there on the steps of the capitol sing god bless America.
Neighbors reach out to neighbors of all backgrounds and beliefs.
-- -- Gator country has been tested.
-- national disaster.
And challenges she's here at home and abroad.
They're mean spirited debates along the way.
The essence of democracy.
But Americans have never been defined by our disagreements.
Whatever challenges we face today and in the future.
We must never lose faith in our ability to meet them together.
We must never allow our differences.
To Harden into divisions.
Second we have a duty to remain engaged in the world.
9/11 proved -- -- conditions in the country on the other side of the world can have any impact on our own streets.
It may be tempting to think it doesn't matter what happens to a village -- in Afghanistan.
For a child in Africa.
The temptation of isolation.
-- deadly wrong.
World repression and anger and resentment will be a source of never ending violence and threats.
World of dignity and liberty and hope will be safer and better for all.
The surest way to move toward that vision.
-- for the United States of America to lead the cause.
Finally we each have a duty to serve a cause larger than ourselves.
The passengers aboard flight 93 set an example that.
Inspires -- -- -- you follow their path to service by donating blood or mentoring a child.
Are volunteering in desperate corners of the earth.
Some -- devoted their careers to analyzing intelligence -- protecting our borders.
Securing -- guys.
Others have made the noble choice to defend our nation and battle.
For ten years or troops -- -- and given their lives prevent our enemies from attacking America again.
It kept -- safe.
They have made us proud and they have upheld the spirit of service shown by the passengers on flight 93.
Many years ago and 1863.
Another president came to dedicated -- memorial -- in this state.
He told his audience and and a larger sense we cannot dedicate we cannot concert -- -- We cannot hallow this ground.
For the brave souls who struggled there it consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.
He entered the world will little note nor long remember what we say here.
But he can never forget what they did here.
So this was -- and history.
For as long as this memorial stands we will remember.
With the men and women aboard the plane did here.
Who pay tribute to the courage they show.
The sacrifice they made.
And lives stations there.
United States will never forget.
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