|‘A No-Fail Mission’: Army Special Operator Recounts ISIS-Hostage Rescue for Which He Will Receive Medal of Honor|
–Stars And Stripes
President Trump will present the Medal of Honor today to Sergeant Major Thomas Payne, who braved machine gun fire on October 22, 2015, to save ISIS-held prisoners from a burning jail in northern Iraq. “Payne will receive the Medal of Honor on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the primary event that convinced him to join the military, as thousands of other Americans did,” Corey Dickstein reports.
🎬 WATCH LIVE AT 3 p.m. ET: President Trump presents Medal of Honor
Remembering Flight 93 and Heroes of 9/11
This morning, President Trump and the First Lady visited the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., where 40 brave passengers and crew sacrificed their lives to protect fellow Americans. “This Patriot Day, I encourage all Americans to honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 precious lives we lost on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as every hero who has given his or her life since that day,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt writes.
🎬 President Trump: We are forever in debt to these Americans
Threats Have Evolved Since Sept. 11, but DHS Stands Ready to Protect the Nation
“The American creed is precious and precarious, only as secure as the state of our homeland. The terrorists of Sept. 11 targeted America, believing our freedom made us vulnerable. They were wrong. The commitment of our people to liberty and self-governance was not shaken in the face of terrorism, it was redoubled,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf writes.
Trump Says US ‘Will Always Fight Back’ During 9/11 Ceremony in Shanksville, Pa.
–New York Post
“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,” President Trump said today. En route to Pennsylvania, the President led a moment of silence aboard Air Force One at 8:46 a.m. ET—the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Steven Nelson reports.
🎬 WATCH: Vice President Pence visits 9/11 Memorial in New York
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