On board, USS Gridley - “0846: American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the north face of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.”
Today the Sailors of USS Gridley remember the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. The Chief Petty Officer Selectees put together a service to honor the memories of those who lost their lives on that fateful day eleven years ago. The acts of remembrance started with announcements over the 1MC detailing the timeline of events of that day. At each of the times, a bell was rung followed by an announcement of what transpired at that time, starting with the impact of American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower at 0846 and going all the way through to the collapse at 1720.
At 1200, the crew took a brief pause from their busy schedules as they joined their fellow Sailors around the globe in a moment of silence.
At 1300 the crew gathered on the mess decks for a solemn service. The crew sat in somber silence as the Chief Selectees read through the timeline of events, descriptions of what took place at the two towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. They also highlighted some of the heroes from that day and some of the memorials that have since been erected to honor those that lost their lives on that tragic day.
After the official portion of the remembrance service, several members of the crew stood up and told the story of where they were during the attacks and how it affected them.
“You can watch movies about tragic moments in history like Pearl Harbor, but you simply cannot understand exactly how it feels until you go through it.” Said Cmdr. Gadala Kratzer, commanding officer.
As time goes on we will never forget, we will always remember, the tragedy, and the heroes, of 9/11.