President Trump has designated today, September 11, 2018, as “Patriot Day” in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives seventeen years ago and the many others who have lost their lives since as a result of the terror attacks.
The attacks on that solemn day crippled the image of America’s invulnerability, but it showcased American strength and resilience.
As disaster struck, heroes arose.
“On Patriot Day, we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom,” the president said in the proclamation.
As the attacks sought to divide, Americans united.
“We come together, today, to recall this timeless truth: When America is united, no force on Earth can break us apart. Out values endure; our people thrive; our Nation prevails’; and the memory of our loved ones never fades,” the statement continued.
As lives were lost, those who survive will remember — and will never forget.
“Although that fateful Tuesday 17 years ago began like any other, it erupted into horror and anguish when radical Islamist terrorists carried out an unprecedented attack on our homeland. In New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the enemies of liberty took aim on America, but their evil acts could not crush our spirit, overcome our will, or loosen out commitment to freedom. Through the dust and ashes, we emerged resilient and united — bruised but not broken.”
On September 11, 2001, the world came to understand the true source of America’s strength: A people of an indomitable will and a society rooted in the timeless values of liberty. Our love of country was made manifest through the examples of Americans engaging in countless acts of courage, grit, and selflessness. Their actions gave us hope and helped to sustain us in the days of healing that followed. We were moved by the heroism of the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who sacrificed their lives to prevent further acts of terror. We were inspired by police and first responders as they rushed headlong into burning buildings to rescue the injured and trapped, and as they courageously braved fire, smoke, and debris, descending deep into piles of rubble, ash, and twisted iron to search for survivors. We were stirred to service by the deeds of those who labored in the ensuing days and months, often in dangerous conditions, to help our Nation rebuild and recover. The noble sacrifices of these true patriots are forged into the great history of America.
Today, we honor the memories of the souls we lost on September 11, 2001, and pay tribute to all of the patriots who have sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom. We pray for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen currently serving our Nation in harm’s way. We thank the dedicated men and women who keep our homeland safe and secure. We applaud the unsung patriots in city halls, community centers, and places of worship across our country whose simple acts of kindness define the greatness of America.
Fox News reports President Trump and First Lady Melania will attend a memorial ceremony in Shanksville, PA, the site where United 93 crashed. It is believed those passengers onboard the flight resisted the terrorist hijackers and caused the plane not to reach the destination. Without their timely bravery, the flight could have hit the White House or the Capitol building in Washington D.C.:
To commemorate the 17th anniversary of the attacks, Trump and first lady Melania Trump will participate in a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., where one of the hijacked planes crashed into a field killing 40 passengers and crew on board. Passengers on the Shanksville plane, Flight 93, are believed to have prevented a larger attack by fighting back.
Trump, last year, presided over a ceremony at the White House, observing a moment of silence, then visited the Pentagon to observe another moment of silence and address the nation. Last year, Vice President Pence presided over the ceremony at Shanksville. This is Trump’s first 9/11 address at Shanskville.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also shared a reminder of the strength of the American people and the impact that day had on millions of others:
“17 yrs ago, we received a terrible reminder of the evil in our world. In the midst of horrific tragedy America stood strong. We will never be the same, but we will always resilient. Today we honor the memory of those who died, and those who keep us safe. #NeverForget”
17 yrs ago, we received a terrible reminder of the evil in our world. In the midst of horrific tragedy America stood strong. We will never be the same, but we will always resilient. Today we honor the memory of those who died, and those who keep us safe. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/MAhOGhLvMb
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 11, 2018