Patrick Remembers 9/11 Sacrifice
By 2nd Lt. Alicia Wallace, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 13, 2013
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried out coordinated suicide attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing everyone on board the planes and nearly 3,000 people on the ground. A fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing all on board, after passengers and crew attempted to take control from the hijackers.
At Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., members of the 45th Space Wing gathered under the flag pole in Memorial Plaza to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that unforgettable day in American history.
The ceremony, organized by members of the 45th launch Group, started with a prayer for the nation given by Maj. Nelson Arroyo, a 45th Space Wing Chaplain.
"We have shed tears in a common bond of grief for those who were loved and lost on that day and for the many who have died for our nation and in the defense of freedom since 9/11," he said.
Following the chaplain's prayer were comments by the 45th Space Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno.
"On this day, terrorists tried to defeat what we Americans stand for - freedom, allegiance, justice, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Their unsuccessful attempt has motivated us to strengthen our resolve to fight. What sets us apart from our enemies is our intense love of our country," she said.
"We are willing to bear arms, fight, and die for the freedoms we hold dear."
Following her comments, a traditional gun salute was given; the flag was lowered to half-mass 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.