On the nation’s 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack, President Donald Trump spoke at the Pentagon after a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House at 8:46 a.m.; the same time the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center sixteen years before.
During President Trump’s speech at the Pentagon, many Americans bowed their heads in silence as he spoke of America's strength and perseverance during that horrific time.
“To every first responder and survivor of the attack, you carry on the legacy of the friends you lost, you keep alive the memory of those who perished and you make America proud…”
President Trump didn’t leave out the families of our fallen citizens in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee affected by hurricane Harvey and Irma, encouraging them to strengthen and renew our courage to keep moving forward.
“When Americans are in need, Americans pull together. We are one country and when we face hardship we emerge closer, stronger, and more determined than ever.”
After the speech, President Trump travelled to Flight 93 National Memorial to read aloud the names of the 33 passengers and 7 crew members killed in the crash. Nearly 3,000 more victims were being remembered at Ground Zero in the heart of New York city.
In a final remark, President Trump left the crowd with heavy hearts.
“That September morning, each of those brave Americans died as they had lived: as heroes doing their duty and protecting us and our country. We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never, ever forget them.”