By Alana Abramson
September 11, 2017

President Trump marked the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks Monday with a pledge of support for the families of those killed that day.

“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,” Trump said Monday while speaking at a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon, the site of one of the attacks. “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.”

Monday marked Trump’s first time speaking at a 9/11 memorial as President; he is the third U.S. President to do so. Prior to delivering his remarks, the President and First Lady held a moment of silence at the White House at 8:46 a.m., the time at which the first plane hit New York City’s World Trade Center.

Read President Trump’s full remarks below:

Write to Alana Abramson at Alana.Abramson@time.com.

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