WATCH: Trump Pays Visit To Shanksville Site & Delivers Powerful Uplifting 9/11 Message

Written by Wes Walker on September 11, 2020

Nineteen years ago, 19 terrorists forever changed the course of American history.

Today, we remember those who were lost, and honor those who stepped up.

Few examples of that stepping up are more dramatic than what happened in those fateful minutes after Todd Beamer announced to the other passengers, ‘Let’s roll.’

How fitting that the President addressed the nation from the field where the passengers in that plane finally came to rest.

Here are his remarks.

The full transcript can be found here.

Here are some of the highlights.

It opens as you might expect…

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you, David, very much. It’s a great honor to be with you. 19 years ago on this day, at this very hour on this field, 40 brave men and women triumphed over terror and gave their lives in defense of our nation. Their names and their stories are forever inscribed on the eternal roll call of American heroes.

Today, we pay tribute to their sacrifice and we mourn deeply for the nearly 3000 precious and beautiful souls who were taken from us on September 11th, 2001.

To the family members of Flight 93, today, every heartbeat in America is wedded to yours. Your pain and anguish is the shared grief of our whole nation. The memory of your treasured loved ones will inspire America for all time to come. The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall, and fight back.

To every 9/11 member all across this nation, the First Lady and I come to this hollowed ground deeply aware that we cannot fill the void in your heart or erase the terrible sorrow of this day. The agony renewed, the nightmare relived, the wounds reopened, the last treasured words played over and over again in your minds.

On that September morning when America was under attack, the battle turned in the skies above this field. Soon after taking off from Newark, New Jersey, radical Islamic terrorists seized control of United 93. Other hijacked planes struck the North tower of the World Trade Center, and then the South tower, and then the Pentagon. The terrorists on Flight 93 had a fourth target in mind, it was called our nation’s capitol.

They were just 20 minutes away from reaching their sinister objective. The only thing that stood between the enemy and a deadly strike at the heart of American democracy was the courage and resolve of 40 men and women. The amazing passengers and crew of Flight 93.

…Every passenger and crew member on the plane had a life filled with love and joy, friends and family, radiant hopes and limitless dreams. When the plane was hijacked, they called their families and learned that America was also under attack. Then they faced the most fateful moment of their lives. Through the heartache and the tears, they prayed to God, they placed their last calls home, they whispered the immortal words, I love you. Today, those words ring out across these sacred grounds and they shine down on us from Heaven above.

When terrorists raised to destroy the seat of our democracy, the 40 of Flight 93 did the most American of things. They took a vote, and then they acted. Together, they charged the cockpit. They confronted the pure evil. And, in their last act on this earth, they saved our capital. In this Pennsylvania field, the 40 intrepid souls of Flight 93 died as true heroes. Their momentous deeds will outlive us all.

He honored those who ran toward the danger when all others ran from it.

Also, with us is Marine veteran Jason Thomas, from long Island. On September 11th, Jason had just retired from the Marines, but he immediately put back on his uniform and raced into the nightmare of ash and debris. At ground zero he found a fellow Marine, Dave Carnes. Together, they began to call out, “United States Marines. United States Marines. If you can hear us yell, tap, do whatever you can do. We’re the United States Marines.”

Soon, they heard a shout for help. Two police officers were trapped beneath 20 feet of rubble. Jason and Dave dug for hours on end, knowing that at any moment the wreckage could come down on them, crushing them alive. At one point, someone told Jason to stop, Jason replied, “I’m a Marine. I don’t go back. I go forward.”

That day, Jason helped save the lives of those two officers. For years Jason said nothing about what he did on 9/11. He did not even tell his five children, but when he saw the rescue recounted on TV, he decided to meet those officers. One of them gave him a gift, a steel cross made from a beam that Jason helped lift to free them from the hell on earth.

As Jason said about the cross, “It means a lot. It’s a symbol of what we are as Americans, because that day we all came together and stood as a nation, as Americans. It didn’t matter what race you were, what religion you were. It didn’t matter. We all came together to help one another. I’d die for this country. I’d die for this country.” Jason, thank you very much for bearing witness to the character of our nation. Jason. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you, Jason.

As well as those who faithfully kept their memory alive.

Here in Shanksville, this community locked arms and hearts in the wake of tragedy. With us today is Chuck Wagner, a heavy equipment operator who lives just a few miles away. Very soon after the attack, Chuck helped search for the black box. He was so changed by what he experienced, that he joined with several members of his church to become what they call ambassadors for the 40 men and women on Flight 93. Chuck and his neighbors learned about each person, cared for their families, and each day, rain or shine, they took shifts standing vigil over their final resting place. Long before this place was a National Memorial, back when it was marked by a simple wooden cross, Chuck and his fellow ambassadors were always here waiting to tell visitors about those we lost.

Our sacred task, our righteous duty, and our solemn pledge is to carry forward the noble legacy of the brave souls who gave their lives for us 19 years ago. In their memory, we resolve to stand united one American nation to defend our freedoms, to uphold our values, to love our neighbors, to cherish our country, to care for our communities, to honor our heroes, and to never ever forget. Thank you. God bless you. God bless the heroes of Flight 93. God bless all of the families. 9/11, we’ll never forget. God bless you all. God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you very much.

Looking at the way he delivered those words, it’s hard to take seriously the allegations that this same man blew off veterans as ‘losers’.

On that topic, how is it that Biden is so outraged against Trump’s supposed words to disparage the military but has nothing to say about all the ways, both small and great, that his own administration gave our military death by a thousand cuts… ranging from strangling their funding, to escalating endless wars, to the deliberate lies we were fed over Benghazi so that their re-election wouldn’t be hindered.

Not to mention the VA Scandal that happened in 2014.

Maybe instead of pointing fingers at Trump, he should do some serious soul-searching.