President Trump, at a hushed ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., paid “solemn tribute” to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who “stood up and defied the enemy” 17 years in the past.
The president and first woman Melania Trump visited the hallowed web site Tuesday to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults. They spoke after a brand new memorial to the victims was devoted over the weekend.
“On September 11, 2001, a band of courageous patriots turned the tide on our nation’s enemies and joined the immortal ranks of American heroes,” the president mentioned. “At this memorial, on this sacred earth, within the discipline past this wall, and within the skies above our heads, we keep in mind the second when America fought again.”
The 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 are believed to have prevented a bigger assault by combating again in opposition to the terrorists who hijacked the aircraft. The sector in Shanksville, Pa. the place the aircraft crashed, is only a 20-minute flight from the U.S. Capitol.
Trump, in a passionate handle, honored the lives misplaced and their households, saying that their “tears aren’t shed alone, for they’re shared grief with a whole nation.”
“We honor their sacrifice by pledging to by no means flinch within the face of evil and to do no matter it takes to maintain America secure,” Trump mentioned.
The president recalled the story of that day—passengers and crewmembers putting “their closing calls dwelling, whispering these everlasting phrases, ‘I really like you.’”
“They bravely charged the cockpit. They attacked the enemy. They fought till the very finish. They usually stopped the forces of terror and defeated this depraved, horrible, evil plan,” Trump mentioned. “By their sacrifice, the 40 saved the lives of numerous Individuals they usually saved our Capitol from a devastating strike.”
Trump referred to as the sphere a “monument to American defiance,” with the brand new memorial sharing a “message to the world—America won’t ever undergo tyranny.”
“As commander in chief, I’ll all the time do all the pieces in my energy to stop terrorists from hanging American soil,” Trump mentioned. “17 years in the past, 40 unimaginable women and men confirmed the entire world that no power on earth will ever conquer the American spirit …We treasure their reminiscence and legacy.”
The brand new Shanksville memorial is named “The Tower of Voices,” which stands 93 ft tall. The tower holds 40 wind chimes to honor the 40 victims of Flight 93.
Vice President Pence, who visited Shanksville final yr, on Tuesday presided over a ceremony on the Pentagon, delivering a tearful handle and acknowledging that roughly one quarter of the U.S. inhabitants was born after the 9/11 assaults 17 years in the past.
“We collect right here right this moment to mirror on what we keep in mind, to recollect the fallen, their households and the heroes that day. However be assured, we additionally collect right here to make sure that every succeeding era is aware of the story of what occurred that darkish day, and understands why,” Pence mentioned. “We should be taught the teachings of September 11, and stay ever vigilant within the protection of our nation and our individuals.”
The vice chairman added that the terrorists who carried out the assaults “sought not simply to take the lives of our individuals and crumble our buildings, however they hoped to take our spirit.”
“They failed,” Pence mentioned.
Pence touted the administration’s efforts to strengthen the navy, providing “renewed assist” to the armed forces. “We overcome each problem, we conquer each evil, and we stay united as one nation, underneath God,” Pence mentioned, concluding with a supply of the Irish Prayer.
Trump on Tuesday additionally signed a proclamation designating Sept. 11, 2018 “Patriot Day 2018” in honor of the victims from the tragic terror assaults almost twenty years in the past, and “each hero who has given their life since that day to guard our security.”
Trump retweeted the complete assertion shared by White Home Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr., tweeting: “#NeverForget #September11th.”
The proclamation, which was signed on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults, honors “the recollections of the souls we misplaced,” and pays “tribute to the entire patriots who’ve sacrificed their lives in protection of freedom.”
“On Patriot Day, we honor the recollections of the almost three,000 treasured lives we misplaced on September 11, 2001, and each hero who has given their life since that day to guard our security and our freedom,” the proclamation says. “We come collectively, right this moment, to recall this timeless fact: When America is united, no power on Earth can break us aside. Our values endure; our individuals thrive; our Nation prevails; and the reminiscence of our family members by no means fades.”
The assertion particulars how “that fateful Tuesday … erupted into horror and anguish when radical Islamist terrorists carried out an unprecedented assault on hour homeland.”
“By the mud and ashes, we emerged resilient and united—bruised however not damaged,” the assertion says.
White Home Press Secretary Sarah Sanders additionally tweeted early Tuesday touting America’s resilience:
“17 yrs in the past, we acquired a horrible reminder of the evil in our world. Within the midst of horrific tragedy America stood sturdy. We are going to by no means be the identical, however we are going to all the time resilient. As we speak we honor the reminiscence of those that died, and people who maintain us secure. #NeverForget”