Trump: Flight 93 passengers ‘entered eternity linked forever as true heroes’

Trump: Flight 93 passengers ‘entered eternity linked forever as true heroes’


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump marked the 17th anniversary of 9/11 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday — the site where passengers fought terrorists to bring down a plane believed to be en route to the U.S. Capitol.

In remarks at a memorial ceremony, Trump lauded the 40 passengers and crew members who lost their lives.

“They boarded the plane as strangers and they entered eternity linked forever as true heroes,” Trump said. “Through their sacrifice, the 40 saved the lives of countless Americans and they saved our Capitol from a devastating strike.”

Seventeen years ago, 19 terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial jets, flying two into the  World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan and another into the Pentagon.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.

In Arlington, Virginia, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva attended a memorial service at the Pentagon.

In Washington, White House staffers gathered on the executive mansion’s South Lawn for a moment of silence.

Prior to arriving at Tuesday’s ceremony, Trump posted a number of tweets acknowledging the anniversary, including one praising former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is currently his legal adviser amid Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe.

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