Donald Trump marked the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th attacks with a video posted to his Truth Social site while Melania Trump made a rare statement, vowing to ‘never forget.’
The former president, a native New Yorker, noted the images from the deadliest terrorist attack in American history ‘are seared into our minds forever.’
In the two minute video, Trump paid tribute to the victims of the attack and to the firefighters, police officers and other first responders who aided the injured on that day.
‘We remember the 2977 precious souls who were savagely taken from us on that morning 22 years ago, leaving a void that can never be filled can never be filled – no matter what happens it can never be filled. We will say a prayer for each of the beautiful families they left behind whose pain is beyond comprehension,’ he said.
Melania Trump paid a simpler tribute, posting a photo of the New York sky line with the hashtag #NeverForget and the emjoi of the American flag.
Donald Trump paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack and to the firefighters, police officers and other first responders who aided the injured on that day
It was a rare public statement from the former first lady, who has kept a low profile in public as her husband runs for another term in the White House and fights multiple legal cases.
Trump, who was spotted at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club this weekend, spent the anniversary publicly out of sight.
When president, he and Melania Trump held a memorial ceremony at the White House and visited each of the memorial sites – the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville, Pa. – during their White House years.
‘God bless the memory of all of those who perished in the 911 attacks we will never ever forget we will never forget you we love you. God bless their families and God bless America,’ Trump said in his video tribute.
Meanwhile, Ron and Casey DeSantis joined families of September 11th victims at the World Trade Center on Monday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the attacks.
Seven families invited Florida’s first couple to meet with them at one of the sites of the deadliest terrorist attack in American history. The couple were seen walking around the memorial site, talking to family members and taking photos with them, before standing with them during the formal memorial ceremony.
DeSantis was the only Republican presidential contender at the site, but he and Casey DeSantis were at the World Trade Center at the same time as Vice President Kamala Harris, who was there to represent President Joe Biden, who is spending the anniversary thousands of miles from the site of ground zero, in Alaska.
Later on Monday, first lady Jill Biden will lay a wreath at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will be in Shanksville.
Few Republican presidential candidates are marking the solemn occasion. Vivek Ramaswamy will also attend a memorial service in New York. Mike Pence will attend one in Iowa.
Then-President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a ceremony at the Pentagon during the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in 2019
Then-President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, opening the memorial marking the spot where Flight 93 crashed during the September 11 attacks in September 2018
‘Twenty-two years ago, nineteen terrorists took 2,977 innocent lives in the deadliest attack against America in our history. We will never forget,’ DeSantis wrote on X, formally known as Twitter.
Every year a ceremony is held at Ground Zero to honor the nearly 3,000 killed on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Biden, meanwhile, is scheduled to be on the ground in Alaska for less than two hours Monday as he marks the anniversary from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Traditionally presidents spend 9/11 at one of the three locations where planes crashed and killed 2,977 Americans or host a ceremony at the White House.
But Biden will be on a military base that is 4,362 miles away from Ground Zero. The president is stopping there en route back to the United States from his visits to India and Vietnam.
In New York City, family members of the victims read the names of those who died in the attacks.
In Virginia, officials unfurled US flag on the west side of the Pentagon – the same site where one of the hijacked planes struck.
Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey at the National September 11 Memorial during the ceremony to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks
Officials were seen unfurling a US flag on the west side of the Pentagon early Monday morning
American flags and flowers line the memorial pool at the National September 11 Memorial
American flags fly at half staff around the Washington Monument on the National Mall to mark the 22nd anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11
In total, six moments of silence were observed – commemorating when each of the towers was struck and collapsed, as well as the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Flight 93.
The first was held after the tolling of the bells at 8:46am, which marks the beginning of the attacks – when hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower. The impact killed all 92 on board.
At 9:03am, a second moment of silence was held – marking when hijackers deliberately crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower – leaving no doubt in any New Yorkers’ mind at the time that the attacks were planned and malicious in nature.
The next was at 9:37am, when another group of terrorists deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, just outside the nation’s capital.
A fourth moment of silence cane at 9:59am to mark the moment the South Tower, the second train to be hit, collapsed, with another four minutes later – to mark the moment passengers on United 93 heroically stormed the cockpit in a bid to retake the plane from their attackers.
In response, the hijackers crashed the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania – likely saving many lives, as many theorized the plane’s target was either the White House or the Capitol.
The final moment of silent mourning came at 10:28 am – the time that The North Tower collapsed, leaving the 16-acre World Trade Center site in ruins and the collective US consciousness in tatters.