President Donald Trump said the heroes of Flight 93 are a reminder that "America will always rise up, stand tall, and fight back" during a 9/11 memorial service in Shanksville, Pa., on Friday.
"The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall, and fight back," Trump said.
"At this very hour on this very field, 40 brave men and women triumphed over terror and gave their lives in defense of our nation. Their names and their stories are forever inscribed on the eternal roll call of American heroes," he continued.
Shanksville is the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93, the flight that saw passengers fight back against four al Qaeda hijackers, leading to a crash in a large empty field. According to al Qaeda's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, the intended target of the suicide mission was the United States Capitol Building. The memorial to those lost now stands in the field where they crashed.
"To the family members of Flight 93, today every heartbeat in America is wedded to yours, your pain and anguish is the shared grief of our whole nation," Trump said. "The memory of your treasured loved ones will inspire America for all time to come."