The President and First Lady traveled to the Pentagon for a moving September 11th ceremony to remember the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and in Pennsylvania. It is the 18th year since the terrorist attacks occurred. The military band played God Bless America and the National Anthem. General Joseph F. Dunford announced the names of each service member lost at the Pentagon. A gentle bell rang after each name was spoken.
Mark Esper, the Director of the Department of Defense delivered comments then introduced President Trump to the podium. The President’s speech was kind and thoughtful to the victims of 9/11 but strong in our nation’s love, unity and power. You can read the whole speech here.
The most hopeful part of the speech came at the end where the President spoke of American Patriotism, bound by destiny and by the faith of God Almighty:
“The heroes present today remind us of an immortal truth. The future of our nation is secured through the vigilance of our people: The brave men and women who tore through the gates of hell to save the hurt and the wounded. The service members who honor the friends who perished by continuing their exceptional life of service. The moms and dads who endure the loss of their soulmates, and fill their children’s lives with all of the adoration in the world. The sons and daughters who suffered grave loss, and yet through it all, persevere to care for our neighbors, defend our homeland, and safeguard our nation. Each of your lives tells the story of courage and character, virtue and valor, resilience and resolve, loyalty and love.
“This morning, we make a sacred vow to carry on this noble legacy. Today and every day, we pledge to honor our history, to treasure our liberty, to uplift our communities, to live up to our values, to prove worthy of our heroes, and above all, stronger than ever, to never, ever forget.
“We are now, and will forever be, one American family united by patriotism, bound by destiny, and sustained by the faith of Almighty God.
“Thank you. God bless you. God bless our military. And God bless the United States of America.”