tv Vice President Speaks at Flight 93 National Memorial 911 Remembrance... CSPAN September 11, 2017 9:46pm-11:15pm EDT
have the honor as serving as the superintendent of the five national park service units located here in beautiful western pennsylvania, including flight 93 national memorial. tocome together this day honor the heroes of flight 93 who in the size over this field gave their lives in order to thwart an attack on our nation's capital. to take a moment to acknowledge the many dignitaries and representatives in attendance today. first, i would like to recognize the president of the families of felt, and alldon of the family members in attendance this morning. states vice president, mike pence, and his wife, second lady karen pence. pennsylvania governor, tom wolfe . secretary of the interior, ryan
zinke, and his wife, lola. congressman bill shuster, representing pennsylvania's ninth district, and representing pennsylvania's 12th district, congressman keith rothfus. mr. mike reynolds. and finally, to our many federal, state, and local representatives and partners, thank you for your continuous contributions in keeping alive the memory of the passengers and crew of flight 93. at this time, will you please rise for the singing of our national anthem, performed by the united states air force's celtic air? ♪
wrote "it was only when i lay there in the rotting prison straw that i sensed within myself the first stirings of the good. gradually, it was disclosed to me that the lines separating the good from the evil passes not through parties, states, or between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through all human hearts.
and so, he wrote in the great strangeness for many of us, some bless you, prison, to having been in my life. with the writer, let us take a moment to find a gift of one difficult thing we have faced and to give thanksgivings for his teachings, the mutual gift of the memory of this day most especially. when the 40 faced their more difficult moments with boldness, with courage and with strength in order to follow the good that was within them and to express a common good for all.
as we remember their actions and their character, who are we to think less of ourselves in our suffering and in our hurt and in our pain. when evil challenges the good in us, we can with their memory, in their memory and through their memory rise as they did rise. please join in a moment of quiet and meditation. [silence]
>> amen and amen. please be seated. >> thank you, reverend briton. at this time, park ranger robert will lead the reading of the names of the passengers and crew of flight 93. he will be joined by family members reading the names of their loved ones. for each name, united airlines ' captain david dosh and flight
country honor and remember the sacrifices of those who in an hour of need rose to heights that defy all expectations. so why do people come here? and to better understand her story. while here, visitors may see a awn nursing home a flock of geese within the gross. a coyote on the hillside or a black bear running along the forest edge.
over the past 16 years, we have witnessed the transformation of a landscape from an active coal mining operation to a living memorial. 2012, thousands of visitors and volunteers have planted more than 100,000 native these onceo reforest barren hillsides. with their tremendous help, this land continues to be reclaimed by nature and healed by caring hands. become arial has unique place for visitors to find meaning and solace. to learn of the tragic events of , yes.ber 11, 2001 but also to be restored and renewed. across this gaze
wildflower-sold medical -- meadow, we-filled know this encourages people to make a personal connection with those events of 16 years ago. i would like to now introduced today's speakers. tom wolfe was sworn in as the governor of the commonwealth of 20,sylvania on january 2015. governor wolf grew up in pennsylvania, a small borough outside of york, where he still resides. from his early beginnings in the peace corps to serving as chief executive officer of his family's business, governor wolf has always been community has been driven. in 2006, he was appointed to
serve as the secretary of the pennsylvania department of revenue. he continues to work tirelessly education,g in improving access to quality health care, protecting our seniors, and supporting issues close to all pennsylvanians. beginning, the governor's office has supported the needs of the community during some of its hardest moments. ridge governor tom committed nearly unlimited resources to local, state, and federal agencies to make it possible to continue the work that needed to be done. from the federal investigation to the completion of a permanent national memorial. office hasr's continued that relationship over the past 16 years. ladies and gentlemen, please help me in welcoming governor
thomas. [applause] governor wolf: thank you very much for that introduction. welcome to pennsylvania. thank you all for being here today and to help us remember those we lost 16 years ago today. every year on this day, we come together here in shanksville to remember to never forget what true sacrifice looks like. every year, when i come here, i am again overwhelmed by the story of bravery and heroism that took place in the skies above our commonwealth, and i'm continually overwhelmed by the strength of the loved ones i see here, because every year from the ashes of a tragedy rises a new kind of family, all of us. we come together, we reminisce, we pray, we hold each other, and we build bonds that give us the strength to return so we can
honor the passengers and the crew of flight 93. we gather here to remember a group of ordinary citizens, ordinary citizens who did not know they would become a powerful symbol of what true patriotism means. those who we are here to remember lost their lives protecting their fellow americans. they performed heroic acts in the face of unthinkable circumstances. and after reportedly finding out about the tragedy occurring in the rest of the nation, they stood up and they said "enough." we cannot calculate the number of lives that they saved that day. we cannot know the true impact of their heroism, but we do know they have given all americans an example to live by. the bible says that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. we all hope that if tested
someday, we would all have the strength, the courage, the resolve to make the ultimate sacrifice they made to protect others. some of us never see that test. some of us never will. but those that we remember here today met that test face-to-face on an ordinary tuesday, just like today. not only did they find themselves equal to an unthinkable task, they found themselves better than that test. and they laid down their lives to protect us. they did not know who they were saving, but they stood up to evil in the form they encountered it. what can you say about courage like that? how can you commemorate selflessness like that? how can you repay a debt so large? we cannot adequately thank those brave passengers and those crew members enough for the actions they took on that ordinary tuesday, but we come together to
show them and their families that while we know we can never repay the debt we owe them, we will try and will show them that we remember. we will never forget what they have done for us and we will strive to live by the values that they exemplified on that day and will hope that their hope gives us strength so if we face one day what they did, we can have some fraction of the courage they showed all of us. i thank you again for being here today and i thank the families of the passengers and the crew of flight 93 for their bravery, for their sacrificem and letting us mourn with them, because your family members are our heroes. let us continue to live lives that would make them proud. let us live by the example of selflessness that they set for all of us, and let us never forget what they did here. thank you. [applause]
>> thank you, governor wolf. while serving as the superintendent over the past several years, i have come to know the president of the families of flight 93, mr. gordon felt, quite well. i have come to know gordie on a personal level and have admired his unwavering and steadfast dedication to this sacred place.
his brother edward was a passenger aboard flight 93. gordon was a member of the federal advisory commission which guided the development of this national memorial. he now leads the families of flight 93, which is dedicated to memorializing the 40 passengers and crew of flight 93 in partnership with the national park service, the friends of flight 93 and to the national park foundation. he and his wife donna live in central new york where they own and operate camp northwood, a socially therapeutic residential summer camp for ought particularic spectrum and challenged learning children. following his remarks, there will be a moving tribute titled voice." -- tribute titled "one voice." please join me in welcoming mr. gordie felt. [applause] mr. felt: i would like to take a
moment to acknowledge the pain and suffering that is currently taking place in place in florida, texas, louisiana and across the southeastern part of our country. those folks are struggling and our thoughts and hearts are with you as you go through this journey that you are on. vice president pence, secretary zinke, governor wolf, families and friends of flight 93, members of the national park service charged with the care of this beautiful memorial, ambassadors, volunteers, and visitors i welcome you to the , commemorative services honoring those that were taken from us on this field 16 years ago today. it is always good to return to the sacred ground in order to honor those individuals and to be inspired by the actions that they took fighting that first battle against the terrorist
threat to our country on september 11, 2001. september 11 marked a drastic pivot for us all. most especially to those of us here today that felt the personal loss of a family member, to the thousands of those personally affected by september 11, today marks yet another anniversary of loss, pain, anger, and hope. we chose to come to this site today, just as thousands of others made the conscious effort to attend ceremonies in new york and at the pentagon in order to honor those that perished, to honor those that were not given a choice, but instead were taken from their families and communities in such a violent manner. the trajectories of their lives were extinguished far too soon , and the ensuing ripple effect has altered the course of our lives and that of generations to come. we are gathered here to remember 40 extraordinary individuals that were lost to a brand of
personalized violence that has moved toward the norm rn any personalized of d violence thatzed has moved toward the norm more than at any other period of time in our life times. the progression of violence directed at governments but victimizing individual beings is and honors and affects the innocent with little regard to the sanctity of life. because of this, it is critical that we not allow the world to forget the actions taken by our heroes, the innocents that said "no more." 40 citizens, a spectrum of nationalities, races, religions, political leanings, strangers to one another that morning forged a bond that recognized evil and chose to fight. they didn't fight for their religion, their ethnicity, their
nationality, or their political ideology. they fought for what was important, to get home to their loved ones, and just as important, they fought because giving in to evil should never be an option. when faced with the horrific reality of this new paradigm forced upon the world that day, their quick and deliberate response was such that their actions set a standard to which future generations will and already do aspire. while they lost their lives, they won the battle and for that, we are forever in their debt. 16 years from the day, we are still here. our nation's memorial to the heroes of flight 93 stands proudly on the site of their final battle. and in september of next year, we will be complete with the
dedication of the tower of voices, a 93-foot tall tower standing defiantly at the entrance of this magnificent memorial. 40 wind chimes representing the voices of our heroes -- powerful, peaceful, eternal. because of the actions of our loved ones, the capitol building stands as a beacon of hope for our democracy and millions of visitors found their way to rural southwestern pennsylvania to pay their respects and to remember, to remember those 40 heroes that represent us all, -- husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, children, grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings, friends , and neighbors. it could have been you. it could have been me. our loved ones never gave up and
neither should we, the people. we must remember that by standing together as individuals, just as our loved ones did, we become stronger, more focused on our objectives, less likely to be driven by depersonalized ideology and do what is right in the face of evil and uncertainty. let us pledge to remember this day, our heroes and their collective actions throughout the year. september 11 must continue to be more than just a day in history, but rather a call to action, a call to our conscience, so we never forget who we are and who we aspire to be. thank you. [applause]
that was beautiful. thank you. ryan zinke was sworn in as the 52nd secretary of the interior in march of this year. a fifth generation from montana n and former united states navy seal commander, secretary zinke has championed sportsmen access, conservation, forest management, responsible energy development, and smart management of federal lands. growing up in a logging and rail town near glacier national park, he has had a lifelong appreciation for conserving america's natural beauty and public spaces. secretary zinke enlisted in the navy in 1985 and was soon selected to join the elite force, where he would build an honorable career until his retirement in 2008.
he retired with the rank of commander after leading seal operations across the globe including several as the deputy and acting commander of joint special forces in iraq and two tours at seal team six. he was the first navy seal elected to the united states house of representatives and is the first seal to serve as a cabinet secretary. secretary zinke leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees, who are the stewards for 20% of our nation's lands including wildlife refuges, public lands, national parks, monuments, national memorials, such as this one. please welcome the united states secretary of the interior, ryan zinke.
sec. zinke: thanks, mike. and what a beautiful day, as it was that fateful morning. we all remember 9/11 somewhat differently. for me, i was a seal instructor in coronado, and that fateful morning, i knew that our country would be forever changed. and as i was with the cabinet members on saturday, looking at hurricane irma and planning the recovery of harvey and looking at the forest fires in the west, the vice president and i had a conversation about his experience as he was standing on the steps of our nation's capitol.
and so, the heroism and courage of the 40 passengers and crew is special, because it was their actions that protected our nation. sec. zinke: i have fought in a lot of battles in my life, and truly, their fight was worth fighting for. i'm grateful for this vice president because he has continued the fight against evil. his family has continued the fight against evil. as a son, as a first marine, our first lieutenant in the marine corps trained to be a pilot, his
-- trained to be a pilot. his father, who fought in korea as a second lieutenant in the united states army, earned a bronze star. and i'm convinced it was from his father that the vice president learned that not only must you fight, but you must win. this morning, it's my high honor to introduce a man that i have gotten to know as a great man of conviction, of character, of faith, a man who loves his country, loves the people that are in it, and also understands that evil cannot win. evil cannot break the spirit of our great nation. and so, with that, it is my high honor to introduce the vice
president of the united states of america, mike pence. [applause] vp. pence: governor wolf, secretary zinke, congressman shuster, and congressman rothfus , and superintendent clark, distinguished guests, but most of all, family members of the heroes who perished in this very field. reverend briton, gordie felt, and all of those who join us and look on today. we are deeply humbled to join you on this most solemn of days at this flight 93 memorial annual remembrance ceremony at
this common field, one day, that became a field of honor forever. president trump asked me to be here, to pay a debt of honor to the 40 heroes of flight 93. to all the fallen and their families. and to the generation of heroes they inspired. and to tell you that his heart is here in pennsylvania , especially with all of you who lost loved ones 16 years ago. our president observed this day of remembrance at the pentagon memorial, where moments ago, he paid tribute to the 184 men and women who lost their lives there.
all of our hearts as well are with the families of the 2,753 men and women, their families who lost their lives at the world trade center in new york city. as the president said just moments ago, we grieve with every family of the innocent souls who were murdered by terrorists that day, and we will never forget what happened on september 11, 2001. today, we pause as a nation not so much to remember tragedy, as to celebrate heroism and patriotism. but permit me to say on this day, as gordie said before, our hearts and prayers are also with our fellow americans in florida and throughout the region who
suffered loss in winds and waters of hurricane irma. waters of hurrican irma. at this very hour, first responders and new citizen heroes are being forged among the people of florida. and as the president has said, i say again, to those affected by hurricane irma, we are with you. we will stay with you and we will be with you every day after this tempest passes to restore, recover, and rebuild. [applause] vp. pence: everyone remembers where they were on this day 16 years ago. a mom rousing her children to get ready for school, a farmer wrapping up the morning chores, a coal miner finishing a third shift and heading home. as a new member of congress, i was going through my normal work
day routine at the united states capitol when i learned of the attacks in new york city and at the pentagon. i will always remember the scenes of that day, watching the capitol complex being evacuated. it was as though the building was literally hemorrhaging with people running in every direction. i found myself just across the street from the u.s. capitol eventually on the top floor of the headquarters of the capitol police chief. i was there with leaders of the house and senate. shortly after i arrived, the chief of police set the phone back down and informed the leaders gathered there, there was a plane inbound to the
capitol, and he said it was 12 minutes out. in that moment, the room became silent, and as people began to make plans, i found myself looking out the window, where just across the street was the capitol dome with that majestic statue of freedom standing atop it, a dome that's a symbol of the ideals of this nation, of freedom and democracy for all the world. so we waited. it was the longest 12 minutes of my life. then it turned to 13 minutes, then 14, and then we were informed that the plane had gone down in a field in pennsylvania.
in the days ahead, like every american, we would learn the story of the 40 heroes of flight 93, men and women who looked evil squarely in the eye and regard to their personal safety, they rushed forward to save lives. without hard to their personal safety, they rushed forward to save lives. they were mothers and fathers, your brothers and sisters, sons and daughters from every walk of life, of every background, mark bingham was going to be in a friend's wedding. lauren carried the spark in her with her baby three months along. the, a paratrooper with 101st airborne, had helped to build the world trade center
with his own two hands. there were so many others. vp. pence: own two hands and there were so many others whose names we just heard echo into the wind this morning. they were ordinary people but on that day they became extraordinary. we all know the story. flight 93 took off at 8:45 departing newark to san francisco. 46 minutes later terrorists seized control.
at 9:35, the plane diverted towards washington, d.c., and the passengers called their loved ones only to find out what was happening across the country. they learned what the rest of america knew, the world trade center had been struck, the pentagon had been hit only a few moments after they were hijacked. they figured out that the terrorists intended to use their plane for the same purpose. but as tom burnett told his wife on the phone, we're going to do something. and they did. the men and women of flight 93 began to join together and devised a plan in those short moments. they knew their objective. not only planned, but history records that they prayed. together with lisa jefferson, a phone operator on the ground below, we are told they prayed the lord's prayer and recited those ancient words. so i walked through the valley of the shadow of death, i will no evile evil for -- for thou art with me.
they are seared into the hearts of you that were left behind. the bible tells us the lord is close to the brokenhearted and , thatmilies of the fallen will be our prayer for you today. you honor us by your presence. and as the president said this morning, you honor our heroes. you renew our courage and you strengthen us all. today as a nation, we mourn with you, we remember with you. and we look forward to the day when we will hear the chimes in this place and the tower of voices will turn the whisper of the wind into a heroic call to action.
it will remember them and echo across this field and across america for generations to come. at 93, that tour of feet of voices that will be completed by this time next year, will honor the heroes of flight 93 with a chime and different musical note to memorialize the 40 men and women. the notes when play together will form a perfect harmony, just as in their final moments, the men and women of flight 93 worked together to defend
freedom. the american people will forever be inspired by their courage and resolve. we honor them by remembering them. and we honor them by ensuring that we do all in our power as a nation to prevent such evil reaching our shores again. as president trump has reminded us, we are -- [applause] the president has reminded us, we are in the midst of a war between good and evil. the first battle in that war took place in the skies above the first war took place in night grassy meadow. plane went down, it was a new generation of citizens to rise up as soldiers and what would come to be known as the global war on terror.
in the wake of their service and sacrifice, america itself rededication to its most sacred ideal of freedom. their actions have inspired many more of our fellow citizens to stand up and step forward and to follow in their heroic service. the president today said america cannot be intimidated. in the aftermath of september 11, we have seen tens of thousands of americans step forward to serve their communities and serve their freedom.es and defend firefighters, police officers, more than 5 million americans have stepped forward to serve in the armed forces of the united states of america since
september 11. [applause] >> these men and women turned this into a triumph of freedom as our nation rally together and charge forward to meet the enemy on our terms. we will always cherish the memory of the nearly 7000 americans who have given their lives on the field of battle since that day 16 years ago today. heroes of flight 93, we will never forget their service, their sacrifice, or the families they left behind. we must remind ourselves on this solemn day of remembrance that the threat remains and even now, the menace of global violence across the wider world to places like
london, paris, and barcelona. in iraq and syria of the barbarians non-assizes continue to plot against america, against our allies, and against all who cherish freedom. donald trump, our commander-in-chief, under him our forces have ice is on the rotten in iraq and syria and we will not rest or relent until we had them down and destroy them at their source. well towill also do remember the perpetrators of 9/11 organized and orchestrated their attacks from a safe haven of afghanistan. weeks ago,short president trump renewed our commitment to see the fight in afghanistan through to an on a and-- to an honorable enduring outcome that will be worthy of the tremendous
sacrifices that have been made. [applause] pence: some four weeks ago, president trump express the full commitment of the united states to destroy terrorist organizations in your medicaid be radical ideology that drives them. will. we america will engage in afghanistan until we eliminate the terrorist threat to our homeland and our people once and for all. we've made great gains. our resolve is stronger than ever. you, together as one nation and one people, we will drive the cancer of terrorism from the face of the earth. [applause] pence: we fight because of our families deserve to live in
safety and security. we fight because our fallen heroes demand justice. so long as we have strength, we will honor their memories in do right by the nation they died to defend. i am here on behalf of our president and all of the american people. .o pay debt of honor a debt of honor to the heroes of flight 93. a debt of honor to a generation of heroes that followed their inspiring example. in and out of uniform, at home and abroad. to pay a debthere of gratitude to the heroes of flight 93. on a much more personal basis. for their actions on that day in these skies saved american lives.
wife karen who joins me here today knows, it is a debt i do not think i will ever be able to repay. because among the many lives that were saved by their , they mightrage well have saved my own life that day 16 years ago. firstow, this is not our time standing in this field herein pennsylvania. than one year after that fateful day, karen and i brought our three small children here to this hallowed ground. on a drive back from washington to indiana, that day we did not find this extraordinary memorial. we found only a makeshift memorial. no more they are a plywood wall.
painted with the names of the fallen, a timeline, and a wooden cross out in the field. it was that day, with the help of a park ranger that i learned personally the sequence of events that day. i asked her if the u.s. was in fact the target, what time with the plane have reached the capital building. what she told me i will never forget. for at the time she said, standing with hundreds of others, i was standing near the east room of the house of representatives. that i andys believe in our the others
nation's capital were able to go home that day to hug our families because of the courage and selflessness of the heroes of flight 93. so, for me it is personal. and i speak on behalf of a grateful nation. but, thank you for giving me the privilege of speaking on behalf of my little family as well. when heroes fall, the nation mourns. manno greater love is a than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends. to the families of the fallen,
as president trump promised this morning i say now -- the memory of your loved ones will never die. they will always be with us. minds,eroic story in our our hearts, and trying to in the memory of this country. as long as america enters, we will tell their story. and, generations of americans the ever be inspired by fateful and courageous words and deeds of the heroes of flight 93. fallen bless our beloved . may god bless and comfort the families gathered here and all of those who suffered loss on this day 16 years ago.
announcer: ladies and gentlemen, celtic eric has provided us with beautiful and touching music and for that we are grateful. please join me in a round of applause. thank you so much. [applause] >> got bless america. wow. concludes,observance please allow me a moment to recognize the many volunteers who serve at the national memorial today and every day. many of our volunteers began helping the families and 93 shortlyof flight
after the crash in 2001. since that time, so many have generously come to this site each end every day to help park staff and to welcome our visitors with a warm smile. i would also like to voice my sincere appreciation for the members of our local communities , who came together in 2001 and continue to work in support of memorial.nal and, finally, i would be remiss if i did not recognize three individuals who previously served in leadership roles here at flight 93. rheingold,ey, jeff and keith . thank you all.
[applause] >> thank you all for your many years of service to this special place and to the national park service. mostinally, and importantly, i extend my sincere gratitude to the families of flight 93 for your unwavering strength and resolve, your kind words of encouragement, and your leadership as we continue our mission to remember and honor the heroes of flight 93. once again, all of us at flight 93 national memorial appreciate all of you for taking the time
this day, this morning, to reflect and remember those affected by the events of september 11, 2001. together we continue to move forward. we continue to put these tragic events of our recent history behind us and lean on the hope and strength of those whose nation changed a forever. thank you very much. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, i asked the please remain seated while family members make their way to shuttle buses for a private ceremony at the memorial plaza
located to my right. national park service rangers will be available for various programs in and around the visitors center and learning center complex which will start shortly. the visitors center in the memorial plaza will reopen at approximately 1:00 p.m. once again ladies and gentlemen, from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for coming to flight 93 and honoring the absolutely incredible courage it of the patriots aboard the airplane that morning. god bless you. thank you. [applause] ♪
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anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. the purpose of this panel is to kind of describe where we are and where we might be going. we have an absolutely outstanding group of panelists. daveed gartenstein-ross who has is at the foundation for defense of american democracies, he has written multiple books related to jihadism and is one of the leading experts in the field. joshua geltzer to his right, your left. he was a senior director at the national security council. before that he worked at the department of justice in a senior position in the national security division. he's also actually written a book about al qaeda which was the fruit of his defill at kings college in london. to his right and your left, nadia oweidat, who is a fellow at new america as is josh.