Lawmakers Head to 9/11 Sites

By Jake Sherman
|  Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 5:14 PM EDT
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Speaker John Boehner is leading a congressional delegation to Pennsylvania to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Ohio Republican will go to Shanksville on Sept. 10, the site where the plane allegedly headed for the U.S. Capitol crashed. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will visit the Pentagon on the same day.

“If not for the heroes on board 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 release, referring to the San Francisco-bound flight that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. Boehner and other lawmakers will attend the dedication of a memorial there.

Lawmakers are fanning out up and down the eastern seaboard for Sept. 11 remembrances. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be in New York City, as will President Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Elected officials will also be at the Pentagon.

In what’s sure to be an emotional moment for many in Washington, on Sept. 12 members of Congress will take to the steps on the East Front of the Capitol for a ceremony, the spot where lawmakers sang “God Bless America” in 2001.

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