Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley honored the victims and the US service members who died in the Afghanistan War at the first of two ceremonies planned at the Pentagon Saturday to memorialize the attacks of 9/11.
“All of the values and principles embedded in our Constitution and made real in our daily lives were paid for with the blood of the fallen on this place at 9:37 on Sept. 11, 2001,” Milley said at the Arlington, Virginia, ceremony. “Those ideals were and still are hated by our enemies: the fascists, the Nazis, the communists, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, authoritarians, dictators and tyrants of all kinds. They hate those ideals. They hate those values.”
The third hijacked plane on 9/11, American Airlines Flight 77, slammed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., causing part of the building to collapse. The attack killed 125 people in the building and 59 passengers and crew on the flight.