*From:* Sarah Westwood <email@example.com> *Date:* September 11, 2017 at 10:26:58 AM EDT
*Subject:* *[EXTERNAL_SOURCE] Pool report #4 -- Pentagon commemoration *
Gen. Joseph Dunford and Secretary James Mattis spoke before POTUS did at the 9/11 commemoration ceremony.
Pool spotted Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and VA Secretary Shulkin among those in the audience.
Secretary Mattis introduced POTUS, who took the podium at 9:49 am.
Some highlights from his remarks:
"This is an occasion that is extraordinary and it'll always be extraordinary."
"The horror and anguish of that dark day were seared into our national memory forever."
(Speaking to families of victims present at the ceremony):
"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."
"On that day not only did the world change but we all changed. Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we faced."
"The living breathing soul of America wept with grief for every life taken on that day."
"The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit but America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the list of vanquished enemies who dare to test our mettle."
"Since 9/11 nearly 7,000 service members have given their lives" fighting terrorism.
At 10:02, as POTUS remarks were wrapping up, a women near the press riser became overheated and fainted, causing a momentary stir in the crowd that did not interrupt POTUS speech. She was quickly attended to by service members nearby.
Pool was loaded into vans at 10:12 am.
POTUS shook hands with service members as he made his way back from the stage area; pool was able to see some of this as he came around the corner toward the motorcade.
POTUS and FLOTUS got into the Beast at 10:25 am.
Motorcade is now rolling back to the White House.
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