Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

| September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Juan Reyes, 25th Infantry Division, plays taps during a 2010 remembrance ceremony at Fort Shafter.

Spc. Juan Reyes, 25th Infantry Division, plays taps during a 2010 remembrance ceremony at Fort Shafter.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

News Release

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Ten years ago, a well-coordinated terrorist plot led to an attack upon the U.S. with disastrous loss of human life.

Worst of all was the destruction at the World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan, where nearly 3,000 innocents were killed.

At the same time, a highjacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon at more than 400 mph, causing massive damage to that portion of the building and killing innocent civilians and military personnel.

Aboard highjacked United Airlines Flight #93, above central Pennsylvania, passengers and crew members, upon learning of the destruction in both New York and Washington attempted to take control of the aircraft. They died as heroes and averted the plane from reaching its intended target.

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is a milestone for the country — a moment to reflect on the last 10 years for the American people, to remember those lost, to stand with their families and loved ones, and to reaffirm that their legacy is a safer, stronger and more resilient America.

In tribute to the many Americans who were self-compelled to serve fellow citizens and communities after the attack, 9/11 is being observed as the “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” Service projects of all types are encouraged as a show of unity and strength.

9/11 is also a time to pay tribute to our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen, and their family members, who have borne the burden for our security during a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Service members are all volunteers who choose to serve in a time of war. They have upheld the virtues of service, sacrifice and selflessness that have always been the source of America’s strength.

As beneficiaries of their service, we need to support all our troops, families and veterans.

U.S. Army-Pacific Soldiers fold an American flag during a 2010 remembrance ceremony at Fort Shafter.

U.S. Army-Pacific Soldiers fold an American flag during a 2010 remembrance ceremony at Fort Shafter.

In the last 10 years, we have seen extraordinary efforts to keep America safe by first responders, state and local authorities, law enforcement officers and other agencies. Strengthening homeland security and putting unprecedented pressure on terrorist organizations have prevented more attacks.

Ten years after 9/11, the global assault on terrorism remains a vigilant mission. Terrorists aim to instill fear in people and to overturn our way of life; however, the resilience of the American people continues to rise to the challenge, and our communities have shown they are capable of withstanding whatever dangers may come — be they terrorist attacks or natural disasters.

Our American values have endured for more than two centuries and are far stronger than all terrorist ideologies. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, let us pause and remember who we are as a nation – and let us remember the sacrifice of so many on that fateful day and in the 10 years that have followed it.

9/11 Remembrance Events

The following local events commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. They honor more than 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks, including 184 killed when American Airlines Flight 77 exploded into the Pentagon, and the first responders who rushed to locations of the attacks.

•Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m. — Soldiers, families and civilians are invited to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. during a remembrance ceremony on Palm Circle at Fort Shafter. Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific will be the keynote speaker for the event.

•Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 11, 4 p.m. — Mozart’s “Requiem,” St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Beretania and Queen Emma streets, Honolulu. The Oahu Chorale Society will perform this composition. Tickets are $20 general admission or $15 for military and students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.OahuChoral.org, by phone at 735-4311 or at the door.

•Sept. 11, 7 a.m. — Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run 5K and 1-mile run/walk, MCBH, K-Bay; open to the public; registration closing date is Sept. 10. Register at www.active.com.

•Sept. 11, 7 a.m. — Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, at Ford Island Bridge at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This 5K walk/run benefits the Stephen Siller Foundation, USA Cares and TAMC’s Fisher House. Register or donate at www.active.com.

•Sept. 11, 9:20 a.m. (time approximate) — Remembrance Ceremony, Oceanside Entrance, TAMC; event includes remarks by Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commanding general, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC.

•Sept. 11, 12:15-12:45 a.m. — Remembrance Ceremony, Tamarind Park at Bishop Square on the corner of Bishop and King streets, Honolulu.

•Sept. 11, 4-5:30 p.m. — 6th Annual Mayor’s Remembrance Walk; event starts at Sister Derby Park on S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, and ends at the Honolulu Hale and 9/11 memorial. It includes a ceremony at the Honolulu Police Department headquarters. Call 768-6666, visit www1.honolulu.gov/moca or email moca-info@honolulu.gov.

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