SHANKSVILLE – Vice President Mike Pence stood before dozens of family members of Flight 93’s passengers and crew on Wednesday and vowed their heroic story of selflessness and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Pence, making his second visit in three years to the Flight 93 National Memorial, arrived shortly before 9:30 a.m. and quietly met with loved ones of the 40 lost that day before addressing a crowd of more than 800 people who gathered at Memorial Plaza to mark the 18th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

“It’s deeply humbling ... to stand before you today at the Flight 93 National Memorial as we pause to honor the 40 heroic Americans lost in this place 18 years ago,” Pence said.

“Here, their names are etched in marble. But I want to assure the families of Flight 93 that their names are also carved into the hearts of the American people.”

They’ll be remembered as the first of millions who stood up against terrorism, he added.

The Somerset County service was one of three across the nation held at national memorials, including a Pentagon ceremony that included President Donald Trump.

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David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.

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