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Trump Pays Tribute to Victims, Heroes of 9/11

Ceremonies in New York City, Washington, Pennsylvania
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2018 10:55 AM CDT
A woman weeps by herself as she leans against a tree during a ceremony at the World Trade Center in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – President Trump marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Tuesday with a speech at the memorial where one of the planes went down in Shanksville, Pa. "America's future is not written by our enemies," said Trump, per CBS News. "America's future is written by our heroes. As long as this monument stands, as long as this memorial endures, brave patriots will rise up in America's hours of need and they, too, will fight back." The president, who was accompanied by first lady Melania, called it a "monument to American defiance." Elsewhere:

  • In New York City: The city paused at 8:46am, the moment the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Thousands gathered at the memorial at Ground Zero to pay their respects, and the Daily News has details. The ceremony included the annual recitation of victims' names, along with recollections of loved ones.
  • At the Pentagon: VP Mike Pence spoke to families of the 184 killed at the Pentagon in the attacks, saying the terrorists "hoped to break our spirit and they failed," per the AP.
  • Praising Rudy: In the morning, Trump tweeted praise of an ally. "Rudy Giuliani did a GREAT job as Mayor of NYC during the period of September 11th," wrote the president. "His leadership, bravery and skill must never be forgotten. Rudy is a TRUE WARRIOR!" Trump also retweeted an image of him signing a proclamation calling Tuesday "Patriot Day 2018" in honor of the approximately 3,000 people who died in the attacks.
(Read more 9/11 anniversary stories.)

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