03 October 2017

Col. Scott Halter, commander U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick addresses the crowd on the steps of Frederick City Hall during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sept. 11 hosted by Mayor Randy McClement and the City of Frederick. Photo by Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs
Remembering 9/11:16 Years Later
Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs
September 11th marked the sixteenth anniversary of the terror attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

City of Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, together with Fort Detrick U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Scott Halter and other dignitaries from Frederick City and County, gathered on the front steps of City Hall in Frederick to pay tribute to the lives lost during the 9/11 terror attacks.

"For 16 years, we have come together to honor, thank and remember the people, the bravery and the stories of a day that is forever embedded in our minds," said McClement addressing the crowd. "We come here to remember the innocent lives lost that day; to remember how families were torn apart; to remember the confusion we felt regarding an attack on American soil."

McClement went on to talk about the unsung heroes on that clear day in September.

"We come here to remember the everyday people that answered a call to help, like the boaters in NYC that evacuated 500,000 people from the island of Manhattan in less than 9 hours; the Marines that rescued toddlers from the Pentagon Daycare Center and formed protective rings around the children as they were brought to safety; and the brave citizens on United Airlines flight 93 who attempted to take control away from terrorists."

9/11 will forever be etched into the history books. It has changed the way we live across the globe. Not only did the New York City skyline change, but the spirit of America changed. America joined together to help and support our fellow man.

"Together, we have turned the anniversary of that fateful day into an opportunity to pay tribute and 'pay it forward' in a positive and respectful way. It is important that we never forget, and that future generations know what America experienced on September 11, 2001," said McClement.

During his remarks, Halter reiterated McClement's words, "That day fortified Americans with pride and patriotism and created a spirit of service in the hearts of a new generation. That day's destruction and devastation did not condemn our Nation to a future filled with fear. This loss, as profound as it was, did not break the soul of our Nation, it made us stronger."

Halter stated that because of the terror attacks of 9/11, the Army has become more versatile to adapt to a changing and volatile world.

"For the first time, we faced a conflict with an all-volunteer Army. These volunteers wanted to be something greater than themselves, and they have done just that," said Halter.

Halter closed by thanking firefighters, police, first responders, Service Members, their families and the community for their service and support.

"It is a combination of efforts by all public servants that make the community of Frederick and America a great place," said Halter. "I salute each of you. Together, we will continue the long tradition of answering our Nation's call."

Frederick County's Division of Fire and Rescue Services Chief Thomas Owens encouraged those in attendance to never forget those who were lost and those who are still feeling the impact today.

The observance concluded with the tolling of City Hall bells and a moment of silence in memory of Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center; Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center; Flight 77, which crashed in the Pentagon; and Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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