Sep
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President Donald Trump: Sept. 11th Attack Remains ‘Seared Into Our Soul’ 18 Years Later | NBC News


TODAY OUR NATION MOURNS THE NEAR ABOUTLY 3,000 LIVES THAT WERE ABOUTLY 3,000 LIVES THAT WERE STOLEN FROM US ON SEPTEMBER STOLEN FROM US ON SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001. 11th, 2001. ON THESE GROUNDS, 184 PEOPLE ON THESE GROUNDS, 184 PEOPLE WERE MURDERED WHEN AL QAEDA WERE MURDERED WHEN AL QAEDA TERRORISTS OVERTOOK AMERICAN TERRORISTS OVERTOOK AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 77 AND CRASHED AIRLINES FLIGHT 77 AND CRASHED IT INTO THE PENTAGON. IT INTO THE PENTAGON. FOR EVERY AMERICAN WHO LIVED FOR EVERY AMERICAN WHO LIVED THROUGH THAT DAY, THE SEPTEMBER THROUGH THAT DAY, THE SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACK IS SEARED INTO OUR 11th ATTACK IS SEARED INTO OUR SOUL. SOUL. IT WAS A DAY FILLED WITH STHOKHO IT WAS A DAY FILLED WITH STHOKHO HORROR AND FURY. HORROR AND FURY. I VIVIDLY REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST I VIVIDLY REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST HEARD THE NEWS, I WAS SITTING AT HEARD THE NEWS, I WAS SITTING AT HOME WATCHING A MAJOR BUSINESS HOME WATCHING A MAJOR BUSINESS TELEVISION SHOW EARLY THAT TELEVISION SHOW EARLY THAT MORNING MORNING MORNING. MORNING. JACK WELCH, THE HEAD OF GENERAL JACK WELCH, THE HEAD OF GENERAL ELECTRIC, WAS ABOUT TO BE ELECTRIC, WAS ABOUT TO BE INTERVIEWED WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN INTERVIEWED WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY CUT AWAY. THEY CUT AWAY. AT FIRST THERE WERE DIFFERENT AT FIRST THERE WERE DIFFERENT REPORTS. REPORTS. IT WAS A BOILER FIRE.ERS AREN’T IT WAS A BOILER FIRE.ERS AREN’T TOP OF A BUILDING. TOP OF A BUILDING. IT WAS A KITCHEN EXPLOSION IN IT WAS A KITCHEN EXPLOSION IN WINDOWS ON THE WORLD. WINDOWS ON THE WORLD. NOBODY REALLY KNEW WHAT NOBODY REALLY KNEW WHAT HAPPENED. HAPPENED. THERE WAS GREAT CONFUSION. THERE WAS GREAT CONFUSION. I WAS LOOKING OUT OF A WINDOW I WAS LOOKING OUT OF A WINDOW FROM A BUILDING IN MIDTOWN FROM A BUILDING IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN DIRECTLY AT THE WORLD MANHATTAN DIRECTLY AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER WHEN I SAW A SECOND TRADE CENTER WHEN I SAW A SECOND PLANE AT A TREMENDOUS SPEED GO PLANE AT A TREMENDOUS SPEED GO INTO THE SECOND TOWER. INTO THE SECOND TOWER. IT WAS THEN THAT I REALIZED THE IT WAS THEN THAT I REALIZED THE WORLD WAS GOING TO CHANGE. WORLD WAS GOING TO CHANGE. I WAS NO LONGER GOING TO BE — I WAS NO LONGER GOING TO BE — AND IT COULD NEVER EVER BE — AND IT COULD NEVER EVER BE — THAT INNOCENT PLACE THAT I THAT INNOCENT PLACE THAT I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS. THOUGHT THAT IT WAS. SOON AFTER I WENT DOWN TO GROUND SOON AFTER I WENT DOWN TO GROUND ZERO WITH MEN WHO WORKED FOR ME ZERO WITH MEN WHO WORKED FOR ME TO TRY TO HELP IN ANY LITTLE WAY TO TRY TO HELP IN ANY LITTLE WAY THAT WE COULD. THAT WE COULD. WE WERE NOT ALONE. WE WERE NOT ALONE. SO MANY OTHERS WERE SCATTERED SO MANY OTHERS WERE SCATTERED AROUND TRYING TO DO THE SAME. AROUND TRYING TO DO THE SAME. THEY WERE ALL TRYING TO HELP. THEY WERE ALL TRYING TO HELP. BUT FOR THE FAMILIES WHO JOIN BUT FOR THE FAMILIES WHO JOIN US, THIS IS YOUR ANNIVERSARY OF US, THIS IS YOUR ANNIVERSARY OF PERSONAL AND PERMANENT LOSS. PERSONAL AND PERMANENT LOSS. IT IS THE DAY THAT HAS REPLAYED IT IS THE DAY THAT HAS REPLAYED IN YOUR MEMORY A THOUSAND TIMES IN YOUR MEMORY A THOUSAND TIMES OVER, THE LAST KISS, THE LAST