Military officials commemorate those lost at Pentagon

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to honor the 184 people killed in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, in Washington, Friday Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 2:00 PM PT – Friday, September 11, 2020

Top military officials have said they will never forget the lives lost or the tremendous sacrifices made on 9/11. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley delivered remarks outside the Pentagon on Friday to honor the 19th anniversary of the attack.

One of the four planes involved in the attack hit the Pentagon, killing 184 people. Each year, a flag is draped over the wall where the plane struck in remembrance.

A large flag is unfurled at the Pentagon ahead of ceremonies at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to honor the 184 people killed in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, in Washington, Friday Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Esper went on to say Americans gather to honor and remember the innocent lives that were suddenly, violently taken from us in 2001.

“It was a vicious assault, directed not just at our people and our institutions, but also at our most sacred ideals,” stated Esper. “Yet, in their attempt to shake the very foundations of our republic, to destroy our way of life, they underestimated our strength, our resolve and our unbreakable spirit.”

He added they also honor the numerous acts of heroism that prevented the death toll from becoming much worse that day.

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