President Trump commemorated the 19th anniversary of September 11 Friday morning at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Delivering a patriotic sobering speech honoring the Flight 93 victims, Trump said the 40 passengers and crew members who died after battling hijackers will forever be 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.”
Nineteen years ago, on this day, at this very hour, on this field, 40 brave men and women triumphed over terror and gave their lives in defense of our nation. Their names and their stories are forever inscribed on the eternal roll call of American heroes,” Trump said. “Today, we pay tribute to their sacrifice, and we mourn deeply for the nearly 3,000 precious and beautiful souls who were taken from us on September 11th, 2001.”
“The heroes of Flight 93 are 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,” Trump added.
Trump extended the “unwavering love, support and devotion of all Americans” to family members of 9/11 victims, saying the courage and resolve of those killed on Flight 93 was the “only thing that stood between the enemy and a deadly strike at the heart of American Democracy.”
During his remarks, Trump recounted the individual stories of a handful of passengers on board.
“Our sacred task, our righteous duty, and our solemn pledge is to carry forward the noble legacy of the brave souls who gave their lives for us 19 years ago,” Trump concluded. “In their memory, we resolved to stand united as one American nation, to defend our freedoms, to uphold our values, to love our neighbors, to cherish our country, to care for our communities, to honor our heroes, and to never ever forget.”
2,977 people died on Sept. 11, 2001, including 40 people aboard United Flight 93. Shanksville marks the site where Flight 93 crashed as the passengers and crew learned of previous attacks and attempted to retake the plane from the hijackers. The plane was believed to be headed to Washington, D.C. with the intended target was the U.S. Capitol or the White House.
While traveling to Pennsylvania, to mark the time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino held a moment of silence in the conference room cabin of Air Force One at 8:46 a.m. ET.
“God bless America,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said. The president echoed and said, “God bless America.”
In a proclamation on Patriot Day, 2020, Trump commemorates the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001.
“In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11,” Trump said in a White House statement. “On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment. As the bells toll, we call by name those who perished in the terrorist attacks in New York, New York; Arlington, Virginia; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In cities and towns across our great country, we stand in solidarity to remember the victims and mourn their stolen hopes and dreams.”
A couple hours later, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrived at the same memorial site to place a wreath, but did not give any public remarks.