Where were you on September 11, 2001?
Many can recall exactly what they were doing that morning when hijackers flew commercial airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives that day and we must NEVER FORGET!
President Trump will preside over the 9/11 ceremony, according to the White House, which is typically marked by a moment of silence about the time the first plane struck one of the Twin Towers. Melania Trump, the First Lady, will be in attendance as well.
Trump and the First Lady are also scheduled to attend a Pentagon ceremony which will be led by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It was there on 9/11 that 184 people were killed when hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Defense Department’s headquarters.
Vice President Mike Pence will attend an observance at the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville to commemorate the occasion.
On Friday, White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert indicated that there were no “credible” terrorist threats against the United States leading up to the anniversary of September 11.
There is no “current, credible, actionable threat and that “no terrorist should view us as vulnerable right now.”
September 11 has been marked by only two other former presidents, each with their own way of acknowledging the horrific act of cowardice that occurred.
Most notably was the speech then President George W. Bush gave on the evening of September 11, 2001.
His speech to all Americans began as follows:
Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors.
Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong…”
Americans were reminded of how fleeting life is and how only the love of God and country can overcome evil.
President Barack Obama’s speech marking the anniversary in 2016 appeared to focus on Americans’ need to embrace diversity.
Trump on the other hand has a great regard for this country and for putting America first.
He has also shown respect for our military and has honored first responders throughout his campaign and time in office.
The American public can expect a commemoration from this President that will be appropriate for such a profound and solemn occasion.
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