Today, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Vice President Biden, former First Lady Laura Bush, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett helped to dedicate the first phase of the Flight 93 national memorial in Pennsylvania.
Pres. Bush retold the story of how the passengers of Flight 93 made the decision to take on their captors, losing their lives so that others could be saved. He called their action the first great counteroffensive of the war on terror. "One of the lessons of 9/11 is that evil is real. And so is courage," Bush said. Theirs was "one of the most courageous acts in American history," he said.
Pres. Clinton echoed Bush's sentiments. "They saved the Capitol from attack, they saved who knows how many lives," Clinton said at the site.
The memorial honors those killed on 9/11 when their United Airlines 757 crashed near Shanksville, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. Passengers and crew aboard the plane are credited with stopping the hijackers from flying the plane to Washington, DC, presumably to attack another building. Forty passengers and crew died.
Family members of those who died will attend the event, along with Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner, former first lady Laura Bush, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and its design was chosen from over 1,000 entries from 48 states and 27 countries.
Tomorrow, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the C-SPAN networks will bring you coverage all day of memorial ceremonies and other events commemorating the day.
8:30am LIVE - The memorial ceremony at the World Trade Center site. President Obama, former President Bush, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and former Governor George Pataki are all expected to attend
9am LIVE (C-SPAN2) - The Pentagon memorial - Vice President Biden, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and others expected to speak.
9:30am LIVE (C-SPAN3)- memorial the crash site of United Flight 93, a ceremony honoring the people who died there on September 11, 2001.
8pm LIVE - Kennedy Center Memorial Concert (tentative)
ALL DAY on C‑SPAN TV - we'll replay all of the memorial ceremonies, bring you archival footage and new C‑SPAN interviews, and hear from viewers about their memories and thoughts over the phone, by email, and via Twitter.
You can watch other events related to the 9/11 anniversary on our "9/11 remembered" page.