USA: Pacific Northwest Sailors Remember September 11th
Sailors and Marines at naval installations throughout the Pacific Northwest remembered the tragic events that occurred during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and honored the fallen with a memorial ceremony, Sept. 11.
Those in attendance observed ceremonial morning Colors, a memorial wreath presentation, guest speakers and benedictions given by Navy Chaplains.
Service members stood at attention as a tolling of the bells was conducted by Senior Chief Sonar Technician David Kanski and Chief Electronics Technician Joseph Qualls, both assigned to Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.
“This is such an important reminder of what it is that we’re fighting for,” said Qualls. “Every year, as service members and defenders of our country, we are re-inspired.”
Newly selected chief petty officers throughout the region sang the national anthem.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this ceremony,” said Chief (select) Yeoman Fines Stevenson, attached to USS Ingraham (FFG 61). “This is bigger than just a ceremony. We’re remembering a day that is a part of our American history, a day that represents who we are as Sailors and service members serving our country.”
Firefighters of the Naval Station Everett (NSE) Fire Department presented a memorial wreath during the ceremony.
“It’s a very moving, very emotional moment for everyone,” said Troy Whitmore, fire captain, NSE Fire Dept. “It’s our job as firefighters to provide assistance and aid in times of crisis and that’s exactly what each and every one of those on-scene firefighters did so selflessly on the day of the attacks. So, it was an honor for our department to be able to present the wreath today.”
Service members shared stories and recalled the historical day from their individual accounts.
Remembrance ceremonies were held at all Navy Region Northwest installations including Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Naval Station Everett, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Naval Today Staff, September 13, 2012; Image: US Navy