9/11 Moment of Silence, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, No Amount of Words are Enough
16 Years ago, America suffered indescribable travesty on 9/11/2011, when America was attacked by terrorists. So many lives were saved because of the many unknown heroes who were willing to lay down their lives. Yet, on this unforgettable day, nearly 3,000 peoplewere killed. As the nation pauses to remember, so does our President and First Lady. President Trump and the First Lady took time to lead a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost on 9/11. It is a deep heartfelt reminder of the loss that our nation suffered on this fateful day.
Many can remember the very place where they were standing or sitting the moment they heard or saw the planes hitting the Twin Towers in New York City. The President also joined many who convened at the Pentagon to remember the devastation that took place on 9/11. As one who was in New York City on this day, President Donald Trump shares how that day began. “We’re gathered here today to remember a morning that started very much like this one. Parents dropped off their children at school. Travelers stood in line at airports and getting ready to board flights. Here at the Pentagon and at offices all across the country, people began their early meetings. Then, our whole world changed. America was under attack. The realities that took place that morning is unforgettable. “The horror and anguish of that dark day were seared into our national memory forever. It was the worst attack on our country since Pearl Harbor and even worse because this was an attack on civilians — innocent men, women, and children whose lives were taken so needlessly.”
As we remember the nearly 3,000 people that lost their lives, we must also remember the many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends who continue to live their lives with irreplaceable holes in their lives from lost loved ones. The President continues to share how the heart of the nation is with those who lost those that were so near and dear to them. “Today, our entire nation grieves with you and with every family of those 2,977 innocent souls who were murdered by terrorists 16 years ago.” As the President shared his heart-felt words, he was joined by the families who lost family members on that tragic day. “Though we can never erase your pain, or bring back those you lost, we can honor their sacrifice by pledging our resolve to do whatever we must to keep our people safe.”
As the President continues his words from the grounds of the Pentagon, he shares about the many lives that were lost at the Pentagon during the morning of September 11th. “That September morning, each of those brave Americans died as they had lived: as heroes doing their duty and protecting us and our country. We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never, ever forget them.” The President continues to entail how the heart of the nation was so devastatingly torn that morning. “The living, breathing soul of America wept with grief for every life taken on that day. We shed our tears in their memory, pledged our devotion in their honor, and turned our sorrow into an unstoppable resolve to achieve justice in their name.” While enemies of our nation had their intentions, President Trump commented on the resiliency of Americans in the face of their enemies. “But America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle.”
While there were many service men and women who were lost because of 9/11, there have been thousands that responded to the call to fight against terrorism. “Since 9/11, nearly 7,000 servicemembers have given their lives fighting terrorists around the globe. Some of them rest just beyond this fence, in the shrine to our nation’s heroes, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. They came from all backgrounds, all races, all faiths, but they were all there to dedicate their lives, and they defend our one great American flag.” As the President honors the many men and women in our military, he also points specifically to one man that exuded tremendous bravery on the morning of 9/11: Isaac Ho’opi’i. “He was a mile away when he got the call over his radio that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. He sped to the scene and raced into smoke and fire. Few people would have done it.” The thoughts that raced through Isaac’s mind are unimaginable. Yet, what he saw didn’t stop him. “He ducked under live electrical wires and trudged through puddles of jet fuel only steps away from sparks and from vicious flame. In the pitch black, he began calling out people in need of help.” As the President details Isaac’s decision to repeatedly enter the rubble in the side of the Pentagon, he shares how Isaac rescued 20 people over a period of 36 hours. What is additionally encouraging is that he joined the President in this moment of remembrance. “And today, Isaac continues to do exactly that. Isaac still works at the Pentagon, now as a sergeant. He’s on duty right now, and he’s joined us here today for the ceremony.”
Remembering those that we have lost in our lives is a painful memory. It can be additionally agonizing to re-visit the actual location where their lives were lost. The President expresses his compassion as he comments on this reality. “To the family members with us today, I know that it’s with a pained and heavy heart that you come back to this place. But by doing so, by choosing to persevere through the grief, the sorrow, you honor your heroes, you renew our courage, and you strengthen all of us. You really do. You strengthen all of us.” As the President concluded his remarks on 9/11, he also took part in a wreath laying ceremony.
We also stand with the President as our hearts and prayers go out to the many families and individuals who lost loved ones on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001. Join us in prayer that God would give wisdom to President Donald Trump, and that God would hear our cry for protection over our nation. See the entire speech from the President regarding 9/11, his moment of silence with First Lady Melania Trump, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: The Trump Administration, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, The World Trade Center, New York City, September 11 attacks, hijacked aircraft, American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 93, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Pentagon Memorial, Flight 93 National Memorial, repentance, and prayer. Greg and John shared in this segment.
Entrepreneur Spirit Thriving in America: President Trump Invites 11-Year-Old Boy to Cut White House Lawn
It is so deeply encouraging to see a young generation that understands the value of hard work. This couldn’t be better embodied than in the recent actions of an 11-year-old boy: Frank. Frank recently wrote a letter to the President stating that he wanted to cut the White House lawn and that he was willing to do it for free. Considering that every letter sent to the President is read by staff members, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took time in a recent Press Meeting to bring attention to Frank, and his letter to the President.
Dear Mr. President: It would be my honor to mow the White house lawn some weekend for you. Even though I’m only ten, I would like to show the nation what young people like me are ready for. Frank continued to entail the different options he has available as he has started his own business. As Sanders describes Frank, he “embodies the enterprising and ambitious spirit of America”. While Frank caught the attention of the Press Secretary, he also got the attention of Fox News.
When Frank was asked about his time cutting the lawn of the Rose Garden, the Fox News anchors also commented on Frank’s steadfastness to keep cutting even while President Trump walked up to encourage Frank. He was a man of few words when the interviewers continued to ask him if he thinks his business would grow because of this. “Yeah it should.”
What is also so beautiful about this is to see the President’s response as Frank and his father were invited into the Oval Office of the White House for a picture with the President at his desk. It is so encouraging to see the President restoring the White House back to the people as the “People’s House”. Be encouraged as you see the full comments from Frank about his trip to the White House, what the President said to him, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: business, entrepreneurship, unemployment, The White House, Press Meeting, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Fox News, Navy Seals, Dow Jones, and The Rose Garden. Greg and John shared in this segment.
DACA: What is it? A Balanced and Sensitive Solution seems Possible
Throughout media headlines and reports, some may have heard of DACA. But, what exactly is it? CNN Moneyrecently released an understanding of what it is in simple terms. As Vanessa Yurkevich explains, “For 5 years, nearly 800,000 undocumented young people have been able to live in the U.S. because of deportation.” This is made possible by D.A.C.A., which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. When the DACA program started during the Obama Administration, it allows children to apply for “a renewable two-year visa”. As Yurkevich explains, “That allows them to work in the U.S. and saves them from deportation.”
But, not everyone can apply for D.A.C.A. There are some guidelines that must be followed to receive acceptance into the program. “Those who have been in the U.S. since 2007 and came before they turned 16; and those who were under the age of 31 before June 15, 2012 when D.A.C.A. went into effect.” This program does not guarantee citizenship, but does grant opportunities such as drivers licenses and credit cards. What is additionally surprising is the actions that were taken by those who were granted access into the program. As Yurkevich states, “5% of recipients started their own businesses, and 16% bought their first home”.
Presently, many in America are responding on what to do regarding the issue of illegal immigration. In a recent classroom discussion at the George Washington University Law School, Senator Rand Paul was asked about the issue if D.A.C.A. is unconstitutional? Regarding the topic of D.A.C.A. being unconstitutional when it was passed by an Executive Order during the Obama Administration, Paul isn’t shy about what his thoughts are regarding the matter. “I think the Executive Branch acts in an unconstitutional manner probably every day.” As he continues to elaborate on his point, “the biggest danger of you losing your freedom or liberty is from Executive over action. The biggest danger from your country going to war in a war that we shouldn’t be involved in, once again, Executive action.” Regardless of the matter unconstitutional or not, Paul expresses how his heart is toward the children it effects. Yet, on the flip side of the coin, America is a nation of laws.
Reportedly, polls have been done that reveal hundreds of millions of people across the Globe would be willing to move to America. Taking this into consideration, we cannot allow anyone and everyone to come to America. There should be some type of structured system put in place. Paul begins to present his own design of what could be implemented in our immigration program. As he points out, America currently allows about 1 million people to immigrate to America through various programs. “Make the D.A.C.A. kids part of the million.” His plan would incorporate 200,000 D.A.C.A. immigrants per year, over a five-year period without increasing the original number of 1 million immigrations. “We’re not expanding immigration. We’re not say, rewarding, we’re not taking 1.2 million next year. We’re gonna take 1 million, and 200,000 slots are people who’ve lived here for 15-20 years. That, to me, would be the reasonable compromise.” Simply stated, this is a Constitutional answer.
When people want to come into America, it is important to remember that not everyone desires to do so with the right intentions. This is the purpose of our border security and our immigration laws. If someone comes into America illegally, they are not protected by the U.S. Constitution. When someone DOES come legally, they are protected by the U.S. Constitution. This is important that we must understand and be willing to dialogue with each other about. See the full conversation about the DACA program, what it’s for, possible alternatives to implement in our immigration policy, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Border Security, Immigration Policy, Senator Rand Paul, Congress, deportation, the Obama Administration, Executive Order, the Trump Administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, military veterans, welfare, and the U.S. Constitution. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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