Story and photo by Paul Long, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Fleet Activities, Yokosuka held a September 11th remembrance ceremony to honor the fallen victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. First class petty officers, selected for promotion to Chief Petty Officer, representing various base commands performed the ceremony last Thursday.
“Today, we remember those individuals who were killed on Sept, 11, 2001,” said Chief Electronics Technician (Sel) Darryl Jones, from Commander, Submarine Group Seven (CSG-7), during his opening remarks. “We also remember those who were injured during the attack, and those who rose in service and response, to include first responders, rescue and recovery workers, uniformed safety personnel, and all those who served or are still serving in the armed forces.”
Jones recounted that day’s events.
“We shall never forget the images of planes flying into the World Trade Center or smoke rising from the Pentagon,” Jones said. “We shall never forget the courage and compassion of men and women, racing into burning buildings to save the innocent, or those heroes who died in the Pennsylvania field. We must never forget the legacy of that September day, where the world came together in a common cause of freedom, and our devotion to it.”
Keynote speaker for this year’s event was Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Capt. David Glenister. Glenister, a New York native, grew up in the shadows of New York City.
“(Sept. 11) did not become real to me until I was about to drive over the George Washington bridge, and I could see the silhouette of New York,” Glenister said. “I saw the outline of New York without the World Trade Center. That was very strange.”
During the terrorist attacks, Glenister was a newly arrived officer assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon.
“9/11 was a change to America,” Glenister said. “We remember that, we remember who we are now, and where we’re going (as a nation). Forget the pain, but remember the loyalty, remember the patriotism, remember the heroism. And that is what’s important.”