TAMC holds Remembrance Ceremony

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Tech. Sgt. Todd A. Pendleton TAMC Soldiers and civilians pay their respects to the fallen during the National Day of Service and Remembrance held Sept. 11.

Tech. Sgt. Todd A. Pendleton
TAMC Soldiers and civilians pay their respects to the fallen during the National Day of Service and Remembrance held Sept. 11.

2nd Lt Allison Schore
Pacific Regional Medical Center

 

HONOLULU — At 9:25 a.m., on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Tripler Army Medical Center staff took time on General’s Loop to reflect on the fallen and to remember the lives that were lost on that tragic day.

“It truly is a day that most of us will remember,” said Col. Jennifer Bedick, deputy commander, Nursing. “We remember what we were doing at the time that it happened. We remember our thoughts. We remember friends that we might have known that were lost. We remember so many things of that day. And we remember that we can never ever forget those events.

“When we think about that day, we think about service; we think about commitment and we think about sacrifice,” Bedick said.

Guest speaker Allen K. Hoe, an Army Vietnam veteran, delivered a heartfelt message, too, about how so many lives were changed on that day and how a younger generation chose to serve in response.

Hoe

Hoe

“They decided to make a difference in the lives of others in the only way they were raised — as patriots in service to their country,” said Hoe. “Today, our nation remembers those tragic events with this observance, of Patriot Day and a national day of service each year. I see it every day, and I see it now in those faces of our nation’s greatest gift to the world, our men and women in uniform.”

Hoe lost his oldest son, 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, on Jan. 22, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, where he was killed in action.

Spc. Nghai Bao, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, reflected on the day by describing a personal point of view of 9/11.

“I was going to school, and I remember hearing it on the radio,” said Bao. “I guess I didn’t really understand it at that point, how much of a deep impact it would be, and then I got in to the classroom, and it was on TV. And that’s all we did throughout the whole day.

“I sat there and thought, wow, this is going to affect a lot of people,” Bao continued. “That was actually one of the reasons I joined the Army. … It’s great to be here at this ceremony, because looking back at that day, I can’t believe it’s been 13 years. I look at it now and think, this is why I’m here.”

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