Trump commemorates 9/11 anniversary with moment of silence

Sep 12, 2017, 01:17
Trump commemorates 9/11 anniversary with moment of silence

President Donald Trump led a national moment of silence on the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

Speaking at the Pentagon in Washington, where 184 people were killed when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building, Trump told the families of the victims that the nation grieved with them.

Almost 3,000 people were killed when four hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and at a Pennsylvania field.

He added: "We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach, no sanctuary beyond our grasp, and nowhere to hide anywhere on this very large earth".

The living, breathing soul of America wept with grief for every life taken on that day, Trump said.

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"The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit", Trump said later at the Pentagon, where he was joined at a 9/11 observance by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Reflecting on a tragedy that still feels immediate to them, victims' relatives thanked first responders and the military, anxious for people affected by Hurricane Irma as it continued its destructive path as a tropical storm and pleaded for a return to the sense of cohesiveness that followed the attacks.

"These are disgusting, terrible enemies - enemies like we've never seen before", Trump said, adding, "We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach".

"Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face", said President Donald Trump during the ceremony in front of the Pentagon.

While Trump did not recount his personal experience on September 11, 2001, Pence - then a congressman - reflected on the scene of panic and chaos at the U.S. Capitol complex. He also advocated for a "quick" and "effective" United States response to the perpetrators of the World Trade Center attacks and vowed that he and his businesses would "be involved" in clearing and reconstructing the area around Ground Zero. The Twin Towers Fund was dedicated to first responders and their families, especially families who lost a first responder in the attack; they disbursed $216 million before closing.

"We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never, ever forget them", Trump said in his remarks.