Minutes after observing the moment of silence in commemoration of the 9/11 victims at the White House, President Trump and wife Melania proceeded to the Pentagon to participate in a ceremony called observance in remembrance of the Pentagon staff who also lost their lives during the attack when a plane ran into the building.
White House official Twitter page wrote that, “President Trump and the First Lady participate in a Sept 11th observance at the Pentagon”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 11, 2017
According to CBSnews which reported the details of the ceremony, the event was led by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mattis said during the ceremony, “Our nation rallied together as one for while we had never asked for this fight, we are steadfastly comitted to seeing it through as president Trump has made it clear”.
President Trump in his own words called the Pentagon ceremony an “extraordinary” occasion, saying, “16 years after the attacks, we are one country and when we face hardship we emerge closer, stronger and more determined than ever.”
“On that day not only did the world change but we all changed our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face. On that hour of darkness we came together with renewed purpose, our common bonds never felt so strong,” he added.
Mr. Trump also while commiserating with the families of victims said, “The horror and anguish of that dark day were sealed into our nation’s history forever. We can never erase your pain or bring back those you lost, we can honor their sacrifice to pledge our resolve to do whatever we can to keep our people safe”.
The President stressed further, “The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit, but america can not be intimidated and those who try will join the long list of vanquished enemies who dare test our mettle.”