On September 11th, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked. Three found their marks: two hit the World Trade Center Towers and another hit the Pentagon. The fourth airplane, however, did not reach its target. United Airlines Flight 93 was en route to San Francisco when hijackers apparently gained control of the plane and turned it around, heading towards Washington, D.C. Passengers and crew members learned about the terrorist attacks in New York by making cell phone calls to their families and friends. Recognizing that they had to do something to prevent another catastrophe, they courageously attacked the hijackers. The plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania and killed all aboard. The sacrifice of the passengers and crew prevented what might have been the deaths of thousands. Their heroic acts have inspired people throughout the world. On July 22, 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to make the crash site a national memorial; then, on September 24, President Bush signed the legislation into law.
Destination Title: Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial
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Start at Congressman Murtha's Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial Web site.
- Browse the web site taking notes as you go. Be sure to click on the links to the legislation and to the testimony of Elizabeth Kemmerer and Paula Tokar-Ickes.
Read through the information, and then answer the following questions.