Seventeen years ago, America and the world were forever changed. More than a decade and a half before his election as President, Donald Trump was in New York City the day an unprecedented act of terror unfolded across our country.

“When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely,” he said in 2016.

Today, President Trump, the First Lady, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Second Lady honored two other communities that were struck by attacks that day: Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Arlington, Virginia. “This field is now a monument to American defiance,” the President said from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. “We remember the moment when America fought back.”

This week, a new memorial opened at that site to commemorate the 40 brave passengers and crew members of Flight 93, whose actions that day prevented a likely attack on Washington, D.C. The “Tower of Voices” is a 93-foot structure with 40 wind chimes to honor each of their lives.

“Every time we hear those chimes playing in the wind, we will remember The Forty. We will remember their faces, their voices, their stories, their courage, and their love,” the President said.

Speaking at the Pentagon in Virginia, Vice President Pence echoed President Trump’s appreciation for America’s Service Members and first responders. “Even before the smoke cleared, and the fires had put out, Americans began to answer the call to step forward to serve this nation. And they did so by the millions,” he said.

MorePresident Trump’s Proclamation for Patriot Day, 2018

Source: White House

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