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NSA Naples Remembers, Honors 9/11 Victims
The American and Italian flags flew side-by-side at half-mast at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, as American and Italian service members, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and civilians gathered together to commemorate the lives lost in the terrorist attacks against the U.S. on 9/11 17 years ago.
The ceremony honored the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York; Arlington, Virginia; and United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
During the ceremony, NSA Naples Sailors selected for chief delivered a synopsis of the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, followed by a speech delivered by Electronics Technician (Submarine) 1st Class Bradley Bevis, selected for the rank of chief petty officer.
Cordell spoke about the reconstructed World Trade Center, the Sept. 11 memorial, the two San Antonio-class amphibious transport ships constructed using 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the rubble of the World Trade Center, USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Arlington (LPD 24) and USS Somerset (LPD 25), which was named after Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Somerset County was where the passengers of United Flight 93 sacrificed their own lives to stop the hijacking of their flight by terrorists, preventing further national tragedy.
After the synopsis and the speech, a wreath-laying ceremony was held as a tribute to the fallen.
Many who attended took the opportunity to reflect on the anniversary of 9/11 and how it has directly affected them during their lives.
Musician 3rd Class Carega Raymond was 13-years-old when the attack happened and could see the smoke from his house in New Jersey.
“9/11 is a day I will always remember,” said Raymond. “I had a lot of friends that worked and lived in the city on 9/11. I had a lot of friends who lost their parents and loved ones. I lost some cousins, and so this day is always a little harder for me. The events of 9/11 have made everyone in the country a little more connected. What we say in New York is ‘Never Forget.’”
The master of ceremonies, Chief Legalman Jean Yusten, concluded the ceremony with a quote from the Sept. 11 memorial at the World Trade Center in New York.
“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance,” Yusten said.
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