President Trump 911 Commemoration Speech at the Pentagon – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump delivered remarks during a Pentagon 911 observance ceremony. [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript] THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, Secretary Esper. Today, our nation honors and mourns the nearly 3,000 lives that were stolen from us on September 11th, 2001. On these grounds, 184 people were murdered when al Qaeda terrorists overtook American Airlines Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon.

For every American who lived through that day, the September 11th attack is seared into our soul. It was a day filled with shock, horror, sorrow, and righteous fury.

I vividly remember when I first heard the news. I was sitting at home watching a major business television show early that morning. Jack Welch, the legendary head of General Electric, was about to be interviewed when all of a sudden they cut away. At first, there were different reports: It was a boiler fire, but I knew that boilers aren’t at the top of a building. It was a kitchen explosion in Windows on the World. Nobody really knew what happened. There was great confusion.

I was looking out of a window from a building in Midtown Manhattan, directly at the World Trade Center, when I saw a second plane, at a tremendous speed, go into the second tower. It was then that I realized the world was going to change. I was no longer going to be — and it could never, ever be — that innocent place that I thought it was.

Soon after, I went down to Ground Zero with men who worked for me to try to help in any little way that we could. We were not alone. So many others were scattered around trying to do the same. They were all trying to help.

But for the families who join us, this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss. It’s the day that has replayed in your memory a thousand times over. The last kiss. The last phone call. The last time hearing those precious words, “I love you.” Then the attack. The anguish of knowing your family member had boarded one of these flights or was working in the World Trade Center or serving right here at the Pentagon.

You waited, you prayed, you answered that most dreaded call, and your life changed forever. To each of you: The First Lady and I are united with you in grief, we come here in the knowledge that we cannot erase the pain or reverse the evil of that dark and wretched day, but we offer you all that we have: our unwavering loyalty, our undying devotion, and our eternal pledge that your loved ones will never, ever be forgotten.

Eighteen years ago, the terrorists struck this citadel of power and American strength. But the enemy soon learned that they could not weaken the spirit of our people. In times of distress, the heart of the American patriot only grows stronger and more determined.

Even in the midst of the attack, the world witnessed the awesome power of American defiance. Forty passengers and crew on Flight 93 rose up, fought back, and thwarted the enemy’s wicked plans. In their final moments, these American heroes thunderously declared that we alone decide our fate.

We saw American perseverance in the valiant New York firefighters, police officers, first responders, military, and everyday citizens who raced into the crashing towers to rescue innocent people.

One such American was retired Army Colonel Rick Rescorla, who gave his life on 9/11. Rick earned the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. He later became the Vice President for Security at Morgan Stanley in the World Trade Center. On the day of the attack, Rick died while leading countless others to safety. His selfless actions saved approximately 2,700 lives.

Today, I am honored to announce that I will soon be awarding the late Rick Rescorla the Presidential Citizens Medal for his extraordinary sacrifice. Though Rick has left this Earth, we will ensure that the memory of his deeds will never, ever be forgotten. His memory will forever endure. Thank you. Thank you, Rick. (Applause.) Thank you, Rick. Thank you, Rick.

Here on the western side of the Pentagon, we saw brave men and women rush into the fire and race into the scorching flames to rescue their colleagues. When evil seeks to do us harm, the incredible men and women of the United States military answer with unyielding valor and unstoppable resolve.

Navy Admiral David Thomas crawled through live wires and helped lift a wall of debris to save the life of a colleague. As Admiral Thomas remembers, “It was the worst day of my life, but the heroism and selfless disregard I saw that [horrible] morning is forever burned in my heart.” Admiral Thomas, America salutes you and every patriot who defied evil that day. Thank you very much, Admiral. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much.

Army Ranger Chris Braman repeatedly went back inside the burning building, rescuing one injured person after another. Before he entered, he said a prayer and asked God to give him strength, and then he dove into the suffocating smoke and fumes and flames. At the same time, Sheila Moody had just prayed that someone would find her. Then, she heard Chris’s voice. As Sheila says, God sent Chris as her guardian angel.

To Sheila and Chris, America is strengthened by your goodness and your grace and your bravery. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much.

To fulfill our unbreakable promise to every survivor and family of 9/11, earlier this year, we fully reauthorized the Victims Compensation Fund to the tune of billions and billions of dollars.

Since September 11th, nearly 6 million young men and women have joined the United States Armed Forces. They have crossed seas, climbed mountains, trekked through deserts, and rushed into enemy compounds to face down the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

Nearly 7,000 service members have laid down their lives to protect our home, our flag, and our American way of life. American freedom survives only because there are patriots willing to sacrifice everything in its defense. No tribute is sufficient to convey the infinite depth of our nation’s gratitude.

On this solemn day of remembrance, our thoughts also turn to the 200,000 valiant soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines who are now, at this very moment, stationed overseas.

We do not seek conflict, but if anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit. And that spirit is unbreakable.

We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people. They thought they would use this attack to show strength. But actually, what they showed is unrelenting weakness. The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue. (Applause.)

And if, for any reason, they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before. And I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will have never seen anything like what will happen to them.

No enemy on Earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill, and might of the American Armed Forces. And we have rebuilt and strengthened the last two and a half years, spending $700 billion, $716 billion, and now, just approved, $738 billion — more money, by far, than ever spent on our armed forces. You are the fearless sentinels who stand watch over all that we cherish and everything we hold sacred, priceless, and dear.

This morning, we also give thanks to the dedicated men and women at the Department of Homeland Security. Their Department was created after 9/11 to help secure our immigration system and ensure that those who threaten our people are denied entry to our shores. We’re indebted to every law enforcement official — state, local, and federal — who devotes their life to keeping America safe.

As we gather at this moment, and at this incredible memorial, we are reminded that there is no greater testament to our fallen heroes than the presence of their families who knew and loved them so much.

Among the family members here today is Stephanie Dunn. Her husband, Navy Commander Patrick Dunn, was one of the patriots who gave his life, right here, 18 years ago. Before he left that morning, Patrick gave Stephanie a big, beautiful kiss. Then, for the first time, he leaned down and kissed her pregnant stomach. Stephanie was just two months along with their first child. Earlier this year, their daughter Allie celebrated her 17th birthday.

Allie grew up into a strong, truly remarkable young woman. She mentors the children of our nation’s wounded warriors, and recently, I was honored to give Allie the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her hundreds of hours of community service. We are blessed to have Allie here with us at today’s ceremony. Thank you, Allie. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you.

And, Allie, I know your dad is watching over you. He’s right up there. He’s watching from Heaven, looking down right now with love and pride. He is so proud of you. Thank you very much. Incredible. (Applause.)

Also joining us is the Vigiano family. For generations, the Vigiano family has served in our military and in the New York City Fire and Police Departments. These are two great departments. I grew up with them. I know. On September 11th, NYPD Detective Joseph Vigiano rushed into the World Trade Center, and died rescuing his fellow citizens. His brother, John, was a New York firefighter. He also gave his life that day at Ground Zero.

At the time, Joseph’s three sons were just young boys, ages eight, six, and three months old. This morning, they are with us. The youngest, John, just started his freshman year of college at SUNY Maritime College, and he plans to join the military. Joseph, Jr. is a Marine reservist and, just like his father, he is a proud member of the NYPD. And James is a corporal in the Marines. On his last deployment, James was stationed on the USS New York, a ship made using 24 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. Every time he left the mess hall on his way to his bunk, he passed a picture of his dad.

To John, Joseph, and James, and to the Vigiano family, you have sacrificed beyond measure, and you will never, ever stop giving back to this country. And thank you very much for being here. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Very proud of you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

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.

Thank you all. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

END 10:14 A.M. EDT

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31 Responses to President Trump 911 Commemoration Speech at the Pentagon – Video and Transcript…

  1. Mark W says:

    FITTON: BIG ARMS SCANDAL: Judicial Watch exposed how Bill Clinton let bin Laden get away with murder AND how Obama/Hillary Clinton helped contribute (by arming the bad guys) to the rise of ISIS and the resulting war.
    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/fitton-big-arms-scandal-judicial-watch-exposed-how-bill-clinton-let-bin-laden-get-away-with-murder-and-how-obama-hillary-clinton-helped-contribute-by-arming-the-bad-guys-to-the-rise-of-isis-and-th/

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  2. Ausonius says:

    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.”

    Yes, and how on earth one can remain a part of the Democrat Party today and be worthy of our past heroes is beyond me! The Democrat Party is NOT a patriotic, American organization: it desires the destruction of our future population through infanticide, the destruction of our heritage, the destruction of our children’s education, the destruction of our borders, and the destruction of our defenses.

    And why? Because the Democrat Party now believes that no such entity as “America” should exist, or should ever have existed. They now believe that our population must be reduced, forcibly if necessary, that our heritage of freedom must be replaced by a Socialist state of overseers, that free-thinking education must be replaced with Leftist propaganda, that our borders must be opened so that our supposedly racist country can be filled with migrants from foreign lands who will be the ones replacing us, and that such a racist, greedy nation has little or no right to defend itself.

    “Some people did something.” If we do not fight back against the Democrat Party like the heroes on September 11, 2001, and if we do not WIN, those words will be our and America’s epitaph.

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  3. yy4u says:

    9-11 is seared into the memories of all of us who were adults that day. Unfortunately, those who weren’t born or who were children will remember only what the press reports. And while the media could not make America the villain on that day — the country was too shocked and united — they did what they could. Photographs of people jumping to their deaths were quickly banned as being too disturbing. A shell-shocked W did the right thing when he went to the site with his bullhorn, but very quickly after that he got on board with telling us “Islam is a religion of peace”. Right. And I’m the next Queen of England. Even at such a tragic time, our politicians did not trust us, we the people, not to do something stupid (like target innocent Muslims). Right after 9-11 the movies played “America the Beautiful” before playing the feature. How many times have we hard “America the Beautiful” since 2003 when W gave the media an excuse (Iraq) to paint America once again as the villain.

    The 19 men who killed 3,000 of us are to blame for what they did, but the mainstream media are complicit. And for what? To get the Democrats back into power so as to keep marching steadily leftward until we arrive at Socialism/Communism. Any doubt of that, think back over Obama’s eight years, the primaries, the election and the first two and a half years of President Trump’s tenure.

    There! Got it off my chest.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Those 19 men were soldier ants in the service of militant Islam.

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      • jeff montanye says:

        crossfire hurricane is an open book because it is obama’s work but 9-11 is such a conundrum because bush was a republican? somehow doesn’t seem quite right. perhaps a brief survey of chris bollyn or the last out of the university of alaska is in order.

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  4. TeaForAll says:

    Thank You President Trump…We as a Nation WILL NEVER FORGET .

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    The cover-up of the total failure to predict 911 and prevent it from happening has consumed at least as much energy and resources as the investigation to catch those who did it. Ain’t like there were no clues: 1993 WTC attack was engineered by Ramzi Yousef. 1995 Bojinka plot where airliners would be hijacked and some flown into prominent US buildings…Ramzi Yousef again but this time working with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. 911 planner under indictment for being the principal in the 911 attacks: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is also Yousef’s uncle.

    We seeing a pattern here?

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Read “The Looming Tower”. 9/11 was totally predicted and ignored by the deep state for political reasons. Those same political reason were the reason that so many Saudi nationals were assisted to leave the US in spite of “safeguards” which should/would have kept them in the US. AND is spite of the fact that many of those people-AT THE VERY LEAST- likely had prior knowledge of the plot.

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      • mikeyboo says:

        John O’Neill did everything possible to warn the government but was ignored for political reasons.

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        • mikeyboo says:

          Omar, Tlaib, Sanders and virtually ALL the other Dem candidates running for President should be thrown live into garbage disposals. If they had their way, the US would be totally destroyed by these beasts of the Apocalypse.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The flight school people who called the Bureau to tell them about students who only wanted to take off/navigate the planes, not land them. The Bureau agent who got the hint and started researching flight schools only to be sidelined. The blatantly obvious resemblance to the Bojinka incident.

        They failed, some 17 years later, to unseat a legally elected president too…and they’s our premier LEA?

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      Rick Rescorla, VP Security at Morgan Stanley, warned for years that the terrorists would return. Used to run drills w/ MS employees. He perished going upstairs again to lead people out…

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  6. tuskyou says:


    Sorry if this doesn’t embed. Patriot answer to “some people did something”. Check out his shirt!! I’m confident POTUS would approve.

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  7. redline says:

    My blood boils every single time I think about the lying, traitorous politicians who built an open-air mosque in Shanksville, and called it the “Fight 93 National Memorial.”

    Want to know who really murdered nearly 3,000 innocent human beings on September 11, 2001? Just draw a line through the axis of the crescent at the “memorial”. Sixty-four degrees, on a compass or navigational chart. The precise direction to Mecca.

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  8. crewdog52 says:

    Thank you President Trump for bringing attention to the incredible heroism of retired Army Colonel Rick Rescorla who, as VP of Security at Morgan Stanley, was personally responsible for evacuating approximately 2700 employees from the South Tower before sacrificing his life in an effort to make sure all Morgan Stanley personnel were out. Colonel Rescorla’s exploits in Vietnam were legendary and this naturalized citizen from England loved America more than life itself. RIP Col. Rescorla.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I’ve posted on Rescorla numerous times before, he was with a lot of us in knowing that the Islamists/AQ were not done with the WTC after their failed ’93 attack. He knew in his mind and heart they’d attack again and had his office practice evacuation while just about everyone else thought it was a waste of time and he was nuts.

      There are people alive today that owe it to his dedication and foresight. He died as he lived, in service to others.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        Ah, you knew! Just posted about Rick in reply to an earlier comment of yours. He was a great person.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          A personal hero, there were a lot of people in the Fed side who didn’t believe the WTC would be attacked again, a lot of us knew they would.

          There’s also the interesting, and buried, connection between Minoru Yamasaki, the original WTC designer, and the Saudis. Minoru designed two major buildings in Saudi Arabia, one before and one after 911. More than one commentator has pointed out that Minoru designed the WTC plaza was modeled after Mecca though we’re told the resemblance was purely coincidental.

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  9. czarowniczy says:

    Earlier I was opining on the media’s whitewashing the 911 attacks – then up pops:

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/ny-times-claims-airplanes-took-aim-at-world-trade-center-not-terrorists?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190911TrendingStory-NYTAirplanes&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News

    The issue of blaming the attacks on the airplanes is one thing but not mentioned is the Times use of the more passive verb ‘died’. Not murdered or even the less accusative ‘killed’, but died. And their downsizing the number murdered from the nearly 3000 in the WTC, the 2 aircraft that were crashed into the Towers and responders on the ground down to 2000.

    I second Larry O’Connor’s opinion.

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  10. TOTALLY UNPREPARED –

    When the pilots of the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard got the order to intercept Flight 93, the hijacked jet speeding toward the nation’s capital, they figured there was a decent chance they would not come back alive. That’s because the F-16 jets they were rushing to get airborne were largely unarmed, recalls one of the pilots, then-Lt. Heather Penney, leaving them one option to take out the wayward plane: a kamikaze mission. “We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We would be ramming the aircraft, because we didn’t have weapons on board to be able to shoot the airplane down,” Penney told C-SPAN.

    In the days before Sept. 11, there were no armed aircraft standing guard in Washington, D.C. This part of the story remains largely unknown. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/44459345/ns/us_news-9_11_ten_years_later/t/kamikaze-f–pilots-planned-ram-flight/#.XXlmKS5Kjb0

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  11. PVCDroid says:

    Less regulations, Mr President, LESS

    My health was horrible five years ago. I smoked cigs for 35 years and was a wheezing fool walking straight to my grave. I’ve been vaping heavily for five years, using my favorite flavor, and am irritated at how these falsehoods have been rammed down the throats of the American people. My health is excellent now and I use very high nicotine levels in my e-liquids.

    For some reason they began counting self reporting individuals. Who is behind this? My vape supplier thinks it’s Big Pharma wanting control of nicotine delivery. Those of us who vape know this is just another elite take down. “Those poor little children blowing huge plumes of smoke. Oh my God! We need to get them back on cigs, booze and drugs like we had when we were teenagers.”

    They likely have figured out that a lot of adult vapers are conservatives. Kill em off by getting back on cigs!

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    • PVCDroid says:

      Counting self reporting individuals “that have become ill”. No verification by FDA or CDC. And the count of juveniles vaping vs adults? I don’t believe those statistics for a minute.

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  12. Kokanee says:

    Did you even notice this statement?

    “And if, for any reason, they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before. And I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will have never seen anything like what will happen to them.”

    Hello! What did he just announce?

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