‘A Random Group of Americans is an Exceptional Group of People’: George W. Bush Honors Heroes of Flight 93

Speaking at the 20th anniversary memorial ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, former president George W. Bush on Saturday said that the “random group of Americans” who boarded those flights “in a sense, stood in for us all,” and their courage remains an inspiration twenty years later.

“Twenty years ago, we all found in different ways, in different places, but all at the same moment that our lives would be changed forever,” Bush began after the customary greetings and gratitude.

“The world was loud with carnage and sirens. And then quiet with missing voices that would never be heard again,” he said. “These lives remain precious to our country, and infinitely precious to many of you. Today, we remember your loss, we
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