During a Friday ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 Americans who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Fox News reports that the president paid “tribute to the sacrifice” of those who died and recognized the “extraordinary sacrifice” of first responders who acted after the attacks.
Trump honored the 40 passengers and crew members on Flight 93, who died 19 years ago near the Shanksville memorial.
“Nothing could have prepared them for that dreadful morning,” Trump said, adding the passengers “did not hesitate” and “did not waver,” when they “took charge and changed the course of history forever.”
The people on Flight 93 may have helped stop a larger attack by fighting back against the terrorists who hijacked the plane. The field where the plane crashed is located about 20 minutes by plane outside the U.S. Capitol.
“To the family members of Flight 93: Today every heartbeat in America is wedded to yours. Your pain and anguish is the shared grief of our whole nation,” the president said. “The memory of your treasured loved ones will inspire America for all time to come.”
He called the passengers “heroes” and an “everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall, and fight back.”
He called their actions “momentous deeds” that “will outlive us all.”
“When terrorists raced to destroy the seat of our democracy, the 40 of Flight 93 did the most American things: They took a vote, and then they acted,” the president continued. “Together, they charged the cockpit, they confronted pure evil, and in their last act on this earth, they saved our capital.”
Trump then acknowledged “every 9/11 family all across this nation.”
He said that he and first lady Melania Trump promise victims’ families “the unwavering love, support and devotion of all Americans.”
He also honored the “more than 400 first responders” who gave their lives, listing 23 New York City police officers, 37 Port Authority workers and 343 New York City firefighters.
“Today, we honor their extraordinary sacrifice, and every first responder who keeps America safe,” he said.
Trump then recognized the “nearly 6 million young men and women who have enlisted in the United States Armed Forces since September 11th, 2001.”
“More than 7,000 military heroes have laid down their lives since 9/11 to preserve our freedom,” Trump said. “No words can express the summit of their glory or the infinite depth of our gratitude. But we will strive every single day to repay our immeasurable debt and prove worthy of their supreme sacrifice.”
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