President Trump spoke at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where he delivered a very moving address to honor the lives of the 3,000 Americans who died during the horrific terrorist attacks that took place 19 years ago on September 11, 2001.
The speech itself focused on unity and was dedicated to the 40 individual passengers aboard Flight 93, the president stating, “nothing could have prepared them for that dreadful morning.”
President Trump went on to honor these passengers who “did not hesitate” and “did not waiver” stating the “40 towering patriots took charge and changed the course of history forever,” after they decided to fight back against the hijackers aboard their flight and likely prevented the deaths of thousands more people.
via Fox News:
“To the family members of Flight 93: Today every heartbeat in America is wedded to yours. Your pain and anguish is the shared grief of our whole nation,” the president said. “The memory of your treasured loved ones will inspire America for all time to come.”
He added: “The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall, and fight back.”
“Every passenger and crew member on that plane had a life filled with love and joy, friends and family, radiant hopes and limitless dreams,” the president said. “When the plane was hijacked, they called their families and learned that America was under attack. Now, they faced the most fateful moment of their lives.”
“Through the heartache and tears, they prayed to God, they placed their last calls home, they whispered the immortal words, ‘I love you,’” Trump said in his speech. “Today, those words ring out across these sacred grounds and they shine down on us from heaven above.”
“When terrorists raced to destroy the seat of our democracy, the 40 of Flight 93 did the most American things: They took a vote, and then they acted,” he added. “Together, they charged the cockpit, they confronted pure evil, and in their last act on this earth, they saved our capital.”
The president went on to say these 40 brave souls “died as heroes,” noting their “momentous deeds will outlive us all.”
President Trump’s speech is a great reminder of what we as a nation are capable of when we set aside our differences and embrace our identity as Americans. Let’s hope we achieve that kind of unity once again, without needing a tragedy to bring us together.