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Videos/Pics: Trump and the military remember 9/11 on 19th anniversary

World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (9/11 Photos/Flickr)
September 11, 2020

On Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorist hijackers carried out a coordinated attack taking over four U.S. airliners and crashing them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people.

The terrorist attacks set off a U.S.-led Global War on Terrorism to find and defeat Al Qaeda and other terrorist threats around the world. The 9/11 attacks also united Americans with a common call to “Never Forget” what happened that day and how America responded. Every year on Sept. 11, Americans now commemorate Patriot Day as a day of remembrance of the 9/11 attacks.

On Friday, President Donald Trump and various U.S. military leaders posted on Patriot Day.

Trump tweeted, “In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11th. On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment.

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Trump’s tweet included a presidential proclamation to commemorate Patriot Day.

“While our Nation was anguished by this attack, the grit displayed that day — the very essence of America — was a reminder that our citizens have never failed to rise to the occasion,” a portion of the proclamation reads. “Heroes sprang into action in the face of great peril to help save their fellow Americans. Many laid down their lives.  As we reflect on the events of that September morning, let us recommit to embrace the stalwart bravery displayed and reaffirm our dedication to defending liberty from all who wish to deny it.”

On Friday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper tweeted, “Today we pause to remember an attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 lives at the Pentagon, World Trade Center, and Shanksville, PA. Evil struck, but it did not shake our strength, resolve, and unbreakable spirit.”

The Department of Defense on Friday morning unfurled its 9/11 remembrance flag at the Pentagon, which was the site of one of the plane crash attacks.

“LIVE: 9/11 remembrance flag unfurling at the Pentagon,” the DOD tweeted with video of the unfurling.

On Friday the  U.S. Marine Corps shared video of the actions of first responders on the day of the 9/11 attacks and tweeted, “Never Forget, Always Prevail. We will always remember the loss, bravery and resolve on 9/11. We won’t forget.”

The U.S. Army tweeted, On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001. On this day, remember where you were and how you were affected by this life-altering event.#PatriotDay | #neverforget | #ArmyFamily.”

The U.S. Air Force shared video of the strikes it carried out against terrorists in Afghanistan, as the U.S. responded to the 9/11 attacks and began the war in Afghanistan. “September 11 – #NeverForget. On September 11, 2001, terrorists carried out a murderous attack on innocent Americans. They tried to break our spirit, but were met with our nation’s strength and resolve. Today, we remember. #NeverForget.”

The National Guard shared the story of Sgt. Christopher Chiarot, who was a 5th grader living in New York when the terror attacks occurred. After seeing the 9/11 attacks, Chiarot made the decision that he would one day join the military.

“There are moments that change your life, no matter how young you are. When 9/11 happened SGT Chiarot was in 5th grade, but he knew then that he wanted to join the military and help others. #NationalGuard #Sept11 #RemembranceDay.”

“We had lost family friends in that, that were down there that are firefighters,” Chiarot said. “All I saw was people that I love hurt and I wanted to fix that and I couldn’t. So for me I knew, no matter what, whatever scholarship I had or whatever, I was going to join the military.”

Chiarot went on to join the Tennessee National Guard after his senior year of high school.

On Friday, the U.S. Navy retweeted a Department of Defense live 9/11 observance being held at the Pentagon. “LIVE: @EsperDoD participates in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. #NeverForget.”

The newly formed U.S. Space Force tweeted, “Today, we remember those who were lost and affected in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. #September11 #NeverForget.”

The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted, “Today is a day of remembrance for our nation. A day in which we reflect on lives that ended too soon, first responders who gave their all, and the resiliency of America. #NeverForget.”