Trump marks 9/11 anniversary at Pennsylvania memorial

Leroy Wright
September 12, 2018

Beginning at 8:30 a.m.: Events are held across the country to observe the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

"17 years ago, Americans went to bed with no thought the next day their world would change forever", tweeted a nearby NYPD precinct. "This field is now a monument to American defiance. America will never, ever submit to tyranny", Trump said, noting that almost 5.5 million Americans have joined the United States military since 9/11.

Trump acknowledged the completion of the Tower of Voices, a new monument at the Flight 93 memorial site featuring wind chimes for each of the 40 Americans who died on the flight.

The names are read by victims' loved ones, some of them not yet born when the attacks happened.

"This is my holy place", she said before the hours-long reading of the names of her husband, Joel Miller, and the almost 3,000 others killed when hijacked jets slammed into the towers, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Almost a decade later, bin Laden was killed in May 2011 during a USA military operation ordered by President Barack Obama.

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Trump saluted the almost 5.5 million Americans who have enlisted in the Armed Forces since 9/11, and the almost 7,000 service members who have died facing down the menace of radical Islamic terrorism. He also tweeted quotes from Fox News about a series of familiar grievances, including the Russian Federation probe and the Department of Justice. Trump, a Republican and native New Yorker, took the occasion of last year's anniversary to issue a stern warning to extremists that "America can not be intimidated".

A citywide moment of silence will also be observed throughout the morning. Pence is attending a ceremony at the Pentagon.

Trump was in his Trump Tower penthouse, 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the World Trade Center, during the 2001 attacks. He has also accused fellow Republican George W. Bush, who was president on September 11, of failing to keep Americans safe.

"And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down", Trump said at the time.

Sinodinos, who works near the trade center, said she tries not to let the recent attacks unnerve her.

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