Patrick-Cape remembers 9/11
By Heidi Hunt, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 11, 2014
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Members of Team Patrick-Cape attended a remembrance ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack, held Sept. 11, 2014, at the Memorial Plaza Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
The Patriot Day ceremony opened with a prayer for the Nation given by Father Michael DiRenzo, 45th Space Wing Catholic Priest.
"On this observance of Patriot Day, we remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001," said DiRenzo. "We will not forget the events of that terrible morning nor will we forget how Americans responded in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania -- with heroism and selflessness; with compassion and courage; and with prayer and hope."
Following the father's prayer, Col. Shawn Fairhurst, 45th Space Wing vice commander, shared his remarks with Team Patrick-Cape.
"We stand here today to recognize that 13 years ago, on this day, these men, women and children...these Americans did not die in vain," said Fairhurst. "We remember the images of that day and from this tragedy, we commit ourselves to never forget their sacrifice, their acts of heroism or the pride they brought forth across our great land.
"America's strength is our people and in our ideal that all men are created equal, with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," he said.
Fairhust said that it is the recognition that we are a shining example for the world; and that we understand that Freedom isn't free--it is and won and sustained by Patriots who serve.
"I am honored and humbled to serve with you, in the greatest Air Force, for the greatest Nation the world has ever known," Fairhurst said.
Following his comments, the flag was lowered to half-mass, a traditional gun salute was given; and Taps was played as is tradition to pay tribute for Americans who have lost their lives.
A moment of silence to honor the memory of each life concluded the 9/11 remembrance ceremony.