Visitors Gather at Flight 93 Site in Shanksville

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Draped in an American flag and wearing a red, white and blue bandanna, Jeff Ray of nearby Berlin was one of the first people to arrive Monday morning at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County to pay respects to the passengers and crew who died there.

He carried a piece of insulation board from his automotive paint shop scrolled with the words, "I did not forget." and "We got him."

One of the visitors who signed his board was Angie Clausen of Bonney Lake, Wash. A former Navy nurse, she and a friend were driving on a cross-country trip late last night when they heard a radio report that Osama bin Laden was dead. They changed their destination from Harper's Ferry, W.Va., to Shanksville.

"I decided we were this close. I've always wanted to see this," Clausen said. "It's a proud day to be American."

Front pages from area newspapers announcing bin Laden's death, pinned to the fence at the construction site for the permanent memorial, fluttered in the breeze this morning. Another visitor left a bouquet of red carnations. …