President Trump, at a hushed ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., paid “solemn tribute” to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who “stood up and defied the enemy” 17 years ago. 

The president and first lady Melania Trump visited the hallowed site Tuesday to commemorate the 17thanniversary of the 9/11 attacks. They spoke after a new memorial to the victims was dedicated over the weekend, according to Fox News.

“On September 11, 2001, a band of brave patriots turned the tide on our nation’s enemies and joined the immortal ranks of American heroes,” the president said. “At this memorial, on this sacred earth, in the field beyond this wall, and in the skies above our heads, we remember the moment when America fought back.”

Trump, in a passionate address, honored the lives lost and their families, saying that their “tears are not shed alone, for they are shared grief with an entire nation.”

People attending the dedication stand around the 93-foot tall Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., where the tower contains 40 wind chimes representing the 40 people that perished in the crash of Flight 93 in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool, File)
The World Trade Center site is seen from an upper floor of 3 World Trade Center in New York. The annual 9/11 commemorations are by now familiar rituals, centered on reading the names of the dead. But each year at ground zero, victims’ relatives infuse the ceremony with personal messages of remembrance, concern and inspiration. And there building continues. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FIle)
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (C) places his hand over his heart during the playing of “Taps” while joining members of the White House staff in observing a moment of silence on the south lawn of the White House at 8:37 A.M., the time the first tower was hit in the attacks of September 11th, on Sept. 11, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A U.S. flag is unfurled at sunrise on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at the Pentagon on the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
A New York City firefighter stands at attention in front of a memorial on the side of a firehouse adjacent to One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial site during ceremonies on the anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP)
Bianca Burton, center left, and Erin Schultheis walk around the Pepperdine University’s annual display of flags honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Malibu, Calif. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence, lower their heads after laying a wreath during the September 11th Pentagon Memorial Observance at the Pentagon on the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
A woman leaves flowers at the North Pool during a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
La-Shawn Clark, left, and Mark Cannizzaro read names of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks during a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in New York. Clark lost her husband, Benjamin Clark, and Cannizzaro lost his cousin, Brian Cannizzaro. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
People hold up photo memorials during a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Audience members attend the September 11th Flight 93 Memorial Service, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Shanksville, Pa. President Donald Trump is marking 17 years since the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil by visiting the Pennsylvania field that became a Sept. 11 memorial. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A woman weeps by herself as she leans against a tree during a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at the World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A man looks at the North Pool at the World Trade Center during a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in New York. In the background is the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Family members of Flight 93 listens during the September 11th Flight 93 Memorial Service, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Shanksville, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A member of the military walks the grounds of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial before the start of the September 11th Pentagon Memorial Observance at the Pentagon on the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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