"You come here -- and God is very present," she said, as the sound of a
A crowd of nearly 100 joined her at the Flight 93
It was part of a morning-long ceremony and service filled with hopeful stories, solemn tributes and songs.
"We're here to commemorate those lives who were here on the mountain and here with us today," said Archbishop
He told a standing room-only crowd of 60 inside the chapel that even in the world's most trying times -- such as the dark morning of 9/11 -- the legacy of selflessness serves as a lasting reminder of the power of faith.
"And regardless of the evil today ... we have to continue to call upon God," Musallam said.
The event opened with the sound of area musician
Two teenagers from the
Then, the sound of silence was interrupted by the choir's harmonies.
"We are standing on holy ground," the chorus of more than 20 sang. "And I know there are angels all around."
Long described the scene as "moving" and personal.
She said she'll never forget working at
Scheduled surgical operations were cancelled, while employees waited for the possibility that crash survivors might be brought in for emergency care, Long said.
As it would turn out, all 40 people, including a pregnant passenger and several crew members, did not survive.
The nation was soon told that many of those on board made a plan to overtake the plane and then acted, working to force their way into the cockpit -- and compelling the
"And this is their chapel," he said, standing outside the small building, wearing a T-shirt that read "
The chapel itself serves as both a memorial site and a museum.
Originally founded by the late Father
Today, 9/11 artifacts -- including a three-inch-long piece of the plane, letters written by Flight 93 passengers and flags -- decorate its walls.
A statue of an angel sits in one corner in honor of crash victim
"This (chapel) is here because one man, Father
"Hopefully," added Long, "it will always be here."
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