“We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never, ever forget them,” Trump said in his remarks.
The Trumps led a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m., the moment 16 years ago a hijacked plane struck the Pentagon, killing 184 people. It was Trump’s first Sept. 11 commemoration as president.
“In that hour of darkness we … came together with renewed purpose our differences never looked so small, our common bonds never felt so strong,” he said. “The sacificed grounds on which we stand today are a monument to our national unity and to our strength. For more than seven decades the Pentagon has stood as a global symbol of American might.”
He said the victims at the Pentagon died as they lived, “as heroes.”
Trump was joined by Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Prior to arriving at the Pentagon, President and Mrs. Trump led a moment of silence on the White House South Lawn at 8:46 a.m., marking the moment the first airplane struck the Work Trade Center in New York City.
Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to lead a ceremony at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., where a hijacked plane bound for Washington crashed.
At the Pentagon, Trump will receive “a comprehensive picture of the terrorist threat environment and what we’re doing to counter it from his senior officials on 9/11,” Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said on Friday.