JBPHH holds 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
A firefighter's uniform and folded American flag rest at the base the ceremonial bell during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Federal Fire Station Six. The ceremony honored the heroic actions of first responders and the nearly 3,000 lives lost 17 years ago. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki)

A firefighter’s uniform and folded American flag rest at the base the ceremonial bell during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Federal Fire Station Six. The ceremony honored the heroic actions of first responders and the nearly 3,000 lives lost 17 years ago. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki)

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — At 8:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2018, JBPHH held a small remembrance ceremony at Federal Fire Station Six to honor the memories of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

The ceremony began promptly following morning colors and was attended by approximately 150 people. The audience was seated in the open bay of the fire station with a view of the flight line.

Flanked by four fire trucks and the Air Force Honor Guard, the attendees were asked to begin the event by standing for a rendition of God Bless America and the National Anthem, played by two members of the Air Force Band

The song and anthem were followed by the Firefighter’s Prayer, The Security Forces Prayer, The Corpsman’s Prayer, and a short summary by the emcee about the terrorism that occurred 17 years ago that day.

The attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and of Flight 93 left a lasting mark on many Americans, especially those who are first responders. Gregg Moriguchi, Regional Fire Chief for the Federal Fire Department was the first speaker at the day’s ceremony.

Moriguchi stated that “the 9/11 Remembrance ceremony serves to remind us of the events that occurred this day in 2001, and also the countless acts of heroism, sacrifice, and devotion to duty displayed by emergency responders and ordinary citizens.”

Following Moriguchi’s remarks, the emcee introduced the day’s special guest,  Joesph Wassel, who was in the Pentagon when it was attacked on Sept. 11th, 2001. He retold the stories of heroism that took place at the Pentagon that day and about the quick response by his boss, then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

Wassel stated that “on days like today, we turn around and we look back and we remember, we respect, we reflect, and we try and reconcile what happened on that day. And then, we turn right around with purpose, passion and patriotism to move forward, and do what we do every day.”

Col. Halsey Burks, Commander, 15th Wing, was the final speaker of the day. He emphasized the fact that ordinary citizens answered the call on that day 17 years ago.

“Hundreds of first responders rushed to the scene in Manhattan. A desperate race against time to save, rescue, and evacuate as many as they could inside the burning towers. These men and women were everyday Americans.”

The speakers all concluded their reflections and a bell was positioned at the front of the podiums. The “striking the four fives” was performed by the fire department. This tolling of the bell, a firefighter tradition, is a way of honoring those who were killed in the 9/11 attacks. The last bell rang out, signifying the end of watch as well as the end of the remembrance.

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