The House will send bipartisan delegations to memorial services in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, Pa., next week to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will lead a bipartisan delegation to Shanksville on Sept. 10 to attend the dedication of the national memorial for United Airlines Flight 93, the plane that is believed to have been headed toward the U.S. Capitol 10 years ago. The flight from Newark was headed to San Francisco, but terrorists had reprogrammed the destination to Washington. It crashed after passengers and crew attempted to regain control of the aircraft -- the only one of the four hijacked planes that day that did not reach its target.
On Sept. 11, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members will attend the memorial services at Ground Zero in New York City; other House members will attend the services being held at the Pentagon.
And on Sep. 12, Boehner and other congressional leaders will take part in a Congressional Remembrance Ceremony on the east front steps of the Capitol. The venue is the same spot where members of Congress spontaneously sang “God Bless America” after a news conference on the evening of the terror attacks.
“If not for the heroes onboard United 93, who challenged the hijackers and forced them to abandon their plan, it is quite possible that the Capitol, and the people working inside it, might not be here today,” Boehner said in a statement Friday. “Our gratitude to the Flight 93 heroes, and our sympathy for their loved ones, are beyond measure. It will be my honor to attend the memorial dedication in Shanksville, and I have encouraged all members of the House to join me.”
The House Homeland Security Committee is slated to hold a hearing on Sep. 8 examining “The Attacks of September 11th: Where are We Today.” Among those expected to testify are former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Lee Hamilton, the former vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission.