By Robert Laurie
Earlier today, President Trump traveled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania to attend the Flight 93 September 11th Memorial Service. There, he delivered a subdued 15 minute speech that even the media is having trouble trashing. They did offer some petty criticism of the fact that the tweet announcing his departure used an older photo but, beyond that, the overall reaction seems to be fairly positive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
His remarks were well-received by the audience, and served the occasion well. Of the Flight 93 passengers, President Trump said:
“They were men and women from every background. They were young people returning from visiting family. Moms and dads on business trips, and friends going and coming from birthdays and weddings. They boarded the planes as strangers and they entered eternity linked together as true heroes.
…They bravely charged the cockpit. They attacked the enemy, they fought until the very end, and they stopped the forces of terror and defeated this wicked, horrible evil plan.”
Later, he continued:
“A piece of America’s heart is buried on these grounds. This field is now a monument to American defiance. This memorial is now a message to the world: America will never, ever, submit to tyranny.
…We will remember that free people are never at the mercy of evil because our destiny is always in our hands. America’s future is not written by our enemies. America’s future is written by our heroes.”
Here is the complete speech, via C-Span: