Fort Bragg ceremony honors 9/11 victims
Old Glory rustling in the wind, rifles crackling a salute and the eerie sound of tap whispering a final goodbye - Wendy Lacey knows the importance of all those things.Posted — Updated
A native New Yorker, her uncle helped build the World Trade Center, her cousin help put up the new one and her brother-in-law saw the old one come down.
“He saw people jump, and he dedicated a large portion of the next two years of his life for recovery and stuff like that,” Lacey said.
She helped remember the 13-year anniversary Thursday during a ceremony at Fort Bragg. The event included music from the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus, a wreath laying, 21-gun salute and Taps.
“Well, I was on duty that day when it happened. First responders, police officers, it can happen any second with us, and we just do it,” he said.
Gen. David Fox, the former Garrison Commander at Fort Bragg, served in Afghanistan and says he is proud his grandchildren are learning what 9/11 is all about.
“They’re actually studying it in school, (and) they’re going to remember the sacrifices of not only the soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines, but of our civilians of those who wear the uniforms,” Fox said.
More 9/11 events held around NC
Gov. Pat McCrory ordered all North Carolina and U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset Thursday in recognition of Patriot Day. Patriot Day is a national day of remembrance and service that honors the thousands of people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
McCrory also attended a ceremony for injured combat veteran Marine Cpl. Nathan Jakubisin, who, along with his wife and young child, received a set of keys to a new home as part of Operation: Coming Home, a joint volunteer project by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA), the U.S. Veterans Corps, PulteGroup and various area nonprofits and businesses.
"Cpl. Jakubisin's selfless service to our nation can never be repaid. Still, it is important that we continue to show men and women like him our continued gratitude and admiration. This 'Hero Home' is an incredible testament to what valor and courage can inspire in others. North Carolina should be proud not only of its service members returning home, but also its hardworking civilians and all that they do to support veterans," McCrory said.
The event was held at the 9/11 Service Memorial on the corner of Saunders and N. Salem streets.
NCDVA Director Ilario Pantano, a former U.S. Marine and witness to the attacks, gave remarks and introduced Speaker Pro Tempore of the N.C. House of Representatives Skip Stam. Stam, also a former U.S. Marine, headlined the ceremony and spoke to the events of 9/11 and the courage of past, present and future generations of Americans.
The event included a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. for American Airlines Flight 11 and at 9:03 a.m. for United Airlines Flight 175, the times the planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York City. A wreath laying closed the event, honoring all of the victims of 9/11, their families and the military personnel who courageously responded, sacrificed and endured.
State Sen. Valerie Foushee delivered the keynote address. Also joining the county were law enforcement and fire agencies from the towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Prior to the ceremony's conclusion, attendees were provided with remembrance cards to write reflection statements to share their memories of Sept. 11.
The second event was a remembrance concert at noon on the front lawn of the Tony Rand Student Center featuring the FORSCOM Army Ground Forces Ceremonial Band. Seating for 150 attendees was provided for the hour-long concert.
The college's Basic Law Enforcement Academy cadets joined the EMTs at the beginning of their commemorative exercise in a show of solidarity.
Public safety professionals joined college leaders and other members of the community at Wake Tech's Public Safety Education Campus. The event included a special rose presentation at the Memorial Wall, a wreath-laying ceremony and the release of doves.
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