Sailors on Guam Commemorate Patriot Day
SANTA RITA, Guam (Sept. 11, 2014) – Sailors on Guam remembered the events of 9/11 with the raising of the colors and a memorial service on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) today.
The events marked the 13th anniversary of the day when four terrorist-hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center’s North and South towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
Capt. Andy Anderson, commanding officer, U.S. Naval Base Guam served as guest speaker during the memorial service held at The Big Screen theater. He recalled his thoughts of the attacks and talked about the way the events changed America.
“While our resolve and commitment to fight for freedom holds steadfast, there is no denying that 9/11 changed the United States of America and all of us forever,” he said. “Obvious changes exist in the landscapes and structures of New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The most significant changes, however, occurred within the American people.”
Anderson also talked about how the attacks forced America to look at its vulnerabilities and impacted the nation’s military.
“As American service members, we continue to fight and die to defend the nation and freedom and democracy we hold dear,” he said. “As we gather this afternoon, your Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force are defending America on the world’s oceans and lands across this world. Tens and thousands of young American citizens are deployed to defend our freedom. They are now, they forever will be on watch.”
During the memorial service, attendees listened to a timeline of the attacks followed by a moment of silence for all those who perished as a result.
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam Chief Information Systems Technician (SW) Veronica McCoy, who nearly lost her brother when one of the planes crashed into the Pentagon, shared that the memorial service was an emotional one for her every year.
“To me it was the longest day,” she said. “So I always make sure I attend the 9/11 memorial service. It’s something we should never forget.”
McCoy added that she felt proud of the chiefs for their efforts in coordinating this year’s event.
“I feel proud of the chief selects putting on this 9/11 event because they took the time to remind us, and to me it was a very moving ceremony,” she said.