McCain and Obama commemorate 9/11 anniversary

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Barack Obama and John McCain are asking Americans to remember the best qualities that emerged in the nation after 9/11 and continue to live them.

The two presidential candidates have set aside the usual campaign sparring to mark the seventh anniversary of the attacks. The two will appear together at silent wreath-laying ceremony at ground zero in New York this afternoon.

This morning, McCain attended a simple ceremony at the field in western Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 crashed. The Republican nominee spoke of the passengers and crew who investigators believe rushed the cockpit to thwart the hijackers' plans to use the plane as a weapon, possibly to hit the U.S. Capitol. McCain said his own life may have been saved that day. And he said the only way to thank the heroes of that flight is to "be as good an American as they were."

In a statement this morning, Obama called on Americans to "renew that spirit of service and that sense of common purpose" that followed 9/11, encouraging people to donate blood, give to charity and "say a prayer for our country."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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