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The family and friends of Flight 93 passenger John Talignani share a moment at the crash site near the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., at sunset on Friday, Sept 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The family and friends of Flight 93 passenger John Talignani share a moment at the crash site near the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., at sunset on Friday, Sept 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama says future generations will come to the western Pennsylvania site of the Sept. 11 crash of Flight 93 to "see how a scar in the earth has healed."

Obama says the 40 passengers and crew who died are an inspiration for the nation. She spoke Saturday at a memorial service at the crash site near Shanksville, Pa. The hundreds who gathered observed a moment of silence that was broken by relatives reading aloud the names of the victims and a bell tolling for each.

Former first lady Laura Bush also spoke. She says "Americans have no division" on this day.

Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers seized control. But passengers fought back and the hijackers crashed the plane about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Speaking in western Pennsylvania on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, former first lady Laura Bush says "Americans have no division."

Bush, first lady Michelle Obama and hundreds of people gathered Saturday at memorial service in Shanksville for the victims of Flight 93, which crashed about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Bush says that "in the face of terror, Americans chose to overcome evil."

A moment of silence at the service was broken with relatives reading aloud the names of the 40 passengers and crew who died and a bell tolling for each one.

Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers seized control. But passengers fought back and the hijackers responded by crashing the plane.

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