As soon as the last flight was taken off the plane, it became a constant reminder of the dangers of flight 93.
The moment we had to step away from that plane, and we had the choice to leave, or continue on our journey, we decided to stay put.
And we were right.
For the next hour and a half, the last of our friends and family were there, and the last plane to leave.
We watched them all fall, and then we could finally look forward to their return.
That’s the story of flight 9/11, and it has always been a lesson for me.
When I heard about the news on Thursday that the plane had crashed in Pennsylvania, it was like I was back in the cockpit of Flight 93.
It was a sobering moment, and a reminder of what could have been.
That is a lesson I’ll never forget.
In the last two years, I have come to terms with the tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001.
We have come together to understand what was done, what we did wrong, and what we can do to prevent it from happening again.
But we also have to face the fact that we are not invincible.
There is no doubt that we will continue to fight for our rights, and I have to believe that we’ll prevail.
The United States is an exceptional country that has been shaped by its history.
We are an international power, and this is a country that will always be a great nation.
But every time we make a mistake, there are people who will say, “Well, the United States has a history of wrongs.”
We have been wronged in many places, but we have always come out of it stronger than ever.
That can be a lesson that we can learn from this tragedy.
We know the American people have been through a lot of difficult times, but they are resilient.
We don’t give up.
We stay positive, we keep moving forward.
I have seen the people of this country that have come out to help and give us strength.
That will never change.
We will prevail.
I believe we will.
I know I have touched a nerve.
I am so proud of the Americans and I am thankful for all the service members that have put their lives on the line to protect our country.
They gave their lives in service to our country, and now we’re honoring them by honoring their sacrifice.
It is an honor to be the first person in the nation to give my keynote speech in front of a joint session of Congress.
As we honor these brave men and women, we must remember that they are not alone.
The brave men, women and families that we honor tonight are not a minority.
They are not just Americans.
They represent a people.
And they have fought for our freedom, and they have served their country.
We owe them nothing less.
(APPLAUSE) We owe this nation everything.
We all owe it everything.
And I’m going to go to Washington to work for the next eight years to restore our nation to its former greatness.
Thank you all.
It’s been a pleasure to meet you tonight.
I’m proud to have you.
I know we’ve all been waiting for this moment, but tonight we’re finally going to see this great nation of ours for what it truly is: a shining city on a hill.
We’ve been waiting to get to know you, but now it’s time to see you in person.
We’re going to get out of this plane.
We’re coming back home.
I want to thank you all for coming tonight.
Thank all of you for joining us.
I look forward.