Ceremonies Across US Honor Victims of 9/11

Lamar Ellis
September 12, 2018

The president did attend a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site of the United 93 crash, and issued a proclamation designating Tuesday as "Patriot Day 2018".

The bell has been rung on every anniversary since 2002, when it was presented to NY by the City of London to honor those who died.

In this June 7, 2018 file photo, the World Trade Center site is seen from an upper floor of 3 World Trade Center in NY. He and the first lady led a moment of silence at the White House accompanied by aides and administration officials marking the time that hijackers flew the first of two airplanes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.

More than 1,000 victims remain unidentified.

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".

"At that moment they took their fate and America's fate back into their own hands", said the president.

Unsurprisingly, this ability to display basic levels of human empathy and tact doesn't apply to our president, who was photographed fist bumping while walking to the the Flight 93 September 11 Memorial Service.

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"A piece of America's heart is buried in this field", Trump said.

During a ceremony at the Pentagon's 9/11 memorial site, where the names of the fallen are etched into a series of benches, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said those who died did not do so in vain.

Mourners gathered at the National September 11 Memorial plaza in Manhattan for the annual reading of victims' names. But each year at ground zero, victims' relatives infuse the ceremony with personal messages of remembrance, inspiration and concern.

"Please stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props in your political theatre", he said. Their lives, sacrifices and deaths are worth so much more. "Never miss a chance to let those held dearest know your [love] for them".

Trump was in his Trump Tower penthouse, 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the World Trade Center, during the 2001 attacks.

"Even though I never met you", Isabella Del Corral said of her slain grandfather, Joseph Piskadlo, "I'll never forget you".

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