Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elena Pence, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A 9/11 memorial day remembrance ceremony was held at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado's U.S. Navy/U.S. Coast Guard Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument, Council International Sport Military Field Sept. 10 in San Diego.
The ceremony observed the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored those who lost their lives and loved ones that tragic day in 2001.
Chief petty officer (CPO) selectees were given the honor of arranging and conducting the event.
"Today was about honoring those men and women who lost their lives on 9/11," said Chief Logistics Specialist (AW) (Select) Mario Siqueiros, who was instrumental in putting the memorial ceremony together. "There were a few times in the ceremony where it was hard for me because it brought back memories from that day. I am deeply honored to have been a part of this year's remembrance ceremony."
Cmdr. Dwayne Burbridge, commanding officer of Tactical Air Control Squadron 11, expressed his appreciation to the CPO selectees for hosting the ceremony.
"The program was very well put together. I appreciate the time and effort each chief select put into the ceremony. I lost a family friend on 9/11, and it is humbling to know he will not be forgotten," said Burbridge.
There were 2,792 people killed as American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center towers, 40 passengers and crew died when United Flight 93 went down in Pennsylvania, and 184 perished as American Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon. These numbers do not reflect the rescue workers who lost their lives that day, or military lives lost in support of the war on terrorism.