Congressional Bill Would Establish Memorial for Victims of 9/11

By Jason Pierce | July 7, 2008 | 8:20 PM EDT

Washington ( - Pennsylvania Republican Congressman John Murtha introduced legislation Friday that would allow a federal memorial to be built honoring the passengers who died when the hijacked United Airlines flight 93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, Penn. Sept. 11.

"The people on Flight 93 were courageous and heroic in giving their lives to bring down that airplane before it could reach its intended target in our nation's capital," Murtha said. "Hundreds, if not thousands of additional lives would have been lost and our government would have been disrupted if this attack had been carried out as planned.

"I think it's quite clear that the crash site has national historical significance," he said. "It is the first site in America where citizens successfully fought back and stopped terrorism."

Murtha's bill, dubbed the "Flight 93 National Memorial Act," would establish the Flight 93 Advisory Committee to assist with planning the memorial, including its design and construction and authorize the Department of the Interior to help in funding and administering the memorial.

Jennifer Price, whose mother and stepfather died on flight 93, said the memorial would hold special importance for the families of the victims.

"Unequivocally, we all believe that this area near Shanksville, Penn., is the final resting place of our loved ones," Price said. "That is where all of us will go when we want to say goodbye, or when we want to say hello." More to Follow

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