The White House • September 11, 2018
What the world learned on September 11, 2001
Seventeen years ago, America and the world were forever changed. More than a decade and a half before his election as President, Donald Trump was in New York City the day an unprecedented act of terror unfolded across our country.
“When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely,” he said in 2016.
Today, President Trump, the First Lady, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Second Lady honored two other communities that were struck by attacks that day: Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Arlington, Virginia. “This field is now a monument to American defiance,” the President said from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. “We remember the moment when America fought back.”
This week, a new memorial opened at that site to commemorate the 40 brave passengers and crew members of Flight 93, whose actions that day prevented a likely attack on Washington, D.C. The “Tower of Voices” is a 93-foot structure with 40 wind chimes to honor each of their lives.
“Every time we hear those chimes playing in the wind, we will remember The Forty. We will remember their faces, their voices, their stories, their courage, and their love,” the President said.
Speaking at the Pentagon in Virginia, Vice President Pence echoed President Trump’s appreciation for America’s Service Members and first responders. “Even before the smoke cleared, and the fires had put out, Americans began to answer the call to step forward to serve this nation. And they did so by the millions,” he said.” years after the tragic event in New York on September 11.”
I remember it every year and where I was. We were in the very country where 17 of the hijackers that flew 2 planes into the World Trade Center originated, one into the Pentagon and another one crashed in Pennsylvania. I was working on my interior design course, when a friend called and said “turn on your TV, there are planes flying into the WTC”. Our only connection to the outside world via TV was CNN. I couldn’t believe my ears and eyes and just then at around 5 pm local time, the second plane flew into the second tower and shortly thereafter, the building crumbled. I had tears streaming down my cheeks and all I could think “the world will never be the same again”. And it certainly hasn’t. In fact, only for a short time, was the Country unified, and greatly troubled by all the death that this incident had caused. Unfortunately, (and sometimes it can be a blessing) America has forgotten what it was to stand together in that moment of unbelievable sadness and grief, because what we are experiencing now here, with all the fights and hatred all around us, is too pitiful. This country was is indeed never the same again. We too were quite affected by this tragedy. We broke up our live in Saudi Arabia and returned home. It just seemed to be treason to live in that country anymore, where there were such haters of America, that they wouldn’t blink to cause the death of over 3000 people and the after- effects of all of it. So many of the firefighters and rescue people are suffering from incurable illnesses due to toxins they inhaled. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO BEG AMERICA: PLEASE COME TOGETHER AND STOP HATING ONE ANOTHER FOR POLITICAL REASONS. WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE SOME DAY WHETHER LIBERAL, DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, LIBERTARIAN OR WHAT NOT.