UPDATED 12:51 AM PT — Wednesday, September 11, 2019
President Trump and the First Lady held a moment of silence at the White House to mark 18 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
Hundreds of guests were in attendance Wednesday on the south lawn, including survivors of 9/11, the friends and family of victims as well as first responders.
The moment of silence coincided with the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center’s north tower.
The first couple then traveled Arlington, Virginia to deliver remarks at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed in the attack.
President Trump Participates in a September 11 Observance Ceremony https://t.co/Ke6DaP71KI
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 11, 2019
“The First Lady and I are united with you in grief, we come here in the knowledge that we can not erase the pain or reverse the evil of that dark and wretched day,” stated President Trump. “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.”
President Trump said to fulfill this pledge, he reauthorized the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund earlier this year to the “tune of billions of dollars.” He also honored the nearly 7,000 U.S. service members who laid down their lives in the wake of the attack to fight radical Islamic terrorism.
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, to NEVER FORGET. #Honor911 pic.twitter.com/3xbEvl92py
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019