With each ring of the bell, JEB Little Creek-Fort Story paused to remember each plane that crashed in New York, Arlington, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where thousands of people died on 9/11.
Though it was 11 years ago, the pain from that day is still fresh for many of the sailors and marines who attended today’s ceremony.
Commanding Officer of JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Captain Charles Stuppard was assigned to the Pentagon on September 11. To this day, he still can’t believe the attack happened.
He says, "We heard the loud explosion and saw the smoke and I said 'there’s a bomb in the Pentagon, but how can that be possible?”
Chief Selectee Joe Mccleland was on board the USS Enterprise, which was coming back from a deployment when 9/11 happened. While the nation will never forget what happened that day, he believes it’s important to remember the service members who are still serving.
Mccleland says, “It’s a good opportunity for us to remember the people we’ve lost and to remember those still engaged in the fight now. There are still several thousands of service members who are out there. It’s a great opportunity for us to remember where we are today and how we got here.”