Monday, 11 September 2017

President Trump on 9/11 anniversary: "Our nation will endure" and memory of our loved ones will never, ever die"

President Donald Trump has presided over his first 9/11 commemoration in office, marking the 16th anniversary of the attacks.

He and first lady Melania observed a solemn moment of silence at the White House and later at the Pentagon.

When the short ceremony was over, the first couple turned around and walked back inside the White House, hand in hand

Thousands are gathering nationwide to mark the deadliest attack on US soil.

Nearly 3,000 people died after hijackers crashed planes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural Pennsylvania field in 2001.

Mr Trump and the first lady observed a moment of silence at the Pentagon at 09:37 (13:37 GMT), when US officials say American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.

"Our values will endure, our people will thrive, our nation will prevail, and the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die," the president said afterwards.

A large American flag hangs above the Pentagon during the president's 9/11 remarks. 'Here on the west side of the Pentagon, terrorists tried to break our resolve. It¿s not going to happen. But where they left a mark with fire and rubble, Americans defiantly raised the stars and stripes,' Trump said

Mr Trump joined Defence Secretary James Mattis and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Department of Defense to remember the lives lost on 9/11.

U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford participate in the Pentagon's remembrance ceremony

"The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken the spirit. Those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dare to test our mettle," he said.

Earlier, Mr Trump appeared at the White House for a commemoration.

Meanwhile, relatives of 9/11 victims, survivors, rescuers and others gathered at New York's 9/11 memorial at 08:46 to mark the exact time the first plane struck the World Trade Center's North Tower.

After his speech, President Trump greeted service members and families of those who died on 9/11 at the Pentagon

Trump told attendees of his speech, 'The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit. But America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle'

Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appeared on Monday in Shanksville, where ground was broken a day before for a 93ft (28m) tower at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Vice President Mike Pence was dispatched to Shankesville, Pennsylvania to lead a memorial service there for victims of Flight 93, which crashed in a Somerset County field 

The Tower of Voices will remember the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died on Flight 93.

"They were ordinary people, but on that day they were extraordinary," said Mr Pence.

BBC          News.

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