President Trump to Mark 17th Anniversary of 9/11 Terror Attacks in Shanksville

President Trump to Mark 17th Anniversary of 9/11 Terror Attacks in Shanksville

Trump and his wife, Melania, traveled to the Flight 93 National Memorial from Washington and paused for a moment of reflection while overlooking the field where the plane crashed.

The 9/11 Commission concluded that the al-Qaeda hijackers had meant to fly the Boeing 757 aircraft, which departed Newark International Airport, toward a high-profile target in Washington, D.C. The passengers and crew "saved the lives of countless Americans and they saved our capital from a devastating strike", Trump said.

In New York City, a ceremony will take place at the 9/11 Memorial where mourners have gathered every year since the attack for the annual reading of victims' names.

With 2,996 people killed and more than 6,000 injured, the attacks remain the deadliest ever on USA soil.

Almost 3,000 people died on 9/11 when other airplanes were flown into New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in an attack planned by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

He said the 40 passengers and crew on United Flight 93 embodied heroism when they fought back against the hijackers.

Flight 93 was heading to San Francisco from Newark, New Jersey, when passengers stormed the plane's cockpit and sought to take control from the hijackers. "A band of courageous patriots turned the tide on our nation's enemies".

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The plane crashed into a field in the rural Pennsylvanian town, where a permanent memorial called the "Tower of Voices" has been erected.

Before leaving Washington, Trump marked the anniversary with tweets, including praise for Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney who was New York's mayor on 9/11.

The president has been criticized for the move before a service remembering the terrorist attack in Pennsylvania, which goes without saying, is a period for solemn reflection.

"We will remember their faces, their voices, their stories, their courage, and their love", he said. Thomas Langer said his brother, Timmy, "drank himself to death" over the grief of losing his wife, Vanessa, and their unborn child on september 11.

"We honor and thank them all". They said suspects in both attacks were inspired by the Islamic State extremist group.

"She wants to disappear into the ground - what an absolute moron she must think Trump is", one Twitter user claimed.

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