Trump hails brave patriots aboard Pennsylvania 9/11 flight

Blanche Robertson
September 13, 2018

They'll remember almost 3,000 people killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on 11 September 2001.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the September 11th Flight 93 Memorial Service, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Shanksville.

Army Reserve Sgt. Edwin Morales kneels in memory of his late friend Ruben Correa, a firefighter who died in the 9/11 attacks, before the start of a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, on Tuesday in New York City.

There were also moments of silence to mark the times when each plane struck targets in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, and when the two towers fell.

Americans looked back on 9-11 Tuesday with tears and sombre tributes as President Donald Trump hailed "the moment when America fought back" on one of the hijacked planes used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack on US soil.

The president also participated in the Pentagon's September 11 observance past year.

Seventeen years ago today, 2,977 people were killed in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. "Never miss a chance to let those held dearest know your [love] for them".

If not political speeches, some victims' relatives made appeals to patriotism and support for the military and first responders as they read names.

Trump noted that almost 7,000 service members have died since September 11 and - using terminology avoided by his predecessors - said they were "facing down the menace of radical Islamic terrorism".

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Attached is a photo of the president and first lady Melania Trump, standing solemnly along with hundreds of White House staffers with hands over their hearts.

"This is not a day to talk politics, it is a matter of heart: we need to be united, this is the only way to manage the pain", said Alice Greenwald, president of the memorial, on a local television station NY 1.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker, who was the lieutenant governor during the attack, shared his feelings of those who were on Flight 93.

Almost 3000 people died in the attacks on 9/11, when global terrorism hit home in a way it previously hadn't for many Americans.

It's 93 feet tall featuring 40 wind chimes, and the sound changes with the wind, making what the architect calls a "living memorial".

"May we support our president to lead our country", said Joanne Barbara, who lost her husband, Fire Department Assistant Chief Gerard Barbara.

In all, four planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda militants who used them to topple the trade center's twin towers and hit the Pentagon.

Mourners gathered at the National September 11 Memorial plaza in Manhattan for the annual reading of victims' names.

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