9/11 Capitol flag presented to Flight 93 memorial in Pa.

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has donated the flag that flew atop the U.S. Capitol on 9/11 to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.


    At a ceremony in Shanksville on Thursday, Hastert said the Capitol might not have remained standing 13 years ago if the United Airlines passengers and crew had not rebelled against four hijackers.The plane went down in a field in southwestern Pennsylvania, killing 33 passengers and seven crew members.


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    Hastert was speaker of the House on Sept. 11, 2001. He says the donated flag has smoke smudges from the fire caused by another hijacked plane crashing into the Pentagon that same morning.

    Hundreds of family members, dignitaries, officials and spectators are attending the commemoration in Shanksville.

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