USS INGRAHAM, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Ingraham crew assembled on the ship's flight deck to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11 while underway off the coast of Peru, Sept. 11.
Claiming the lives of almost 3,000 people, the events of 9/11 are described as the largest terrorist attack to occur in America. The tragedies of the day impacted people worldwide and is a day many will never forget.
Ingraham's chief petty officer selectees organized the ceremony to reflect on the events of that day and pay homage to those who lost their lives.
"It is important to remember and honor the memory of the innocent people that lost their lives and the patriots that risked their lives to assist those affected by the terrible events that day," said Chief Information Systems Technician (Select) Andrew Imamura.
During the ceremony, Ingraham's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Daniel Straub, delivered a speech emphasizing the significance of serving in the armed forces to preserve our nation and our freedom.
"We are a U.S. warship at sea, a sovereign part of the United States," said Straub. "We represent the people who gave their lives in 9/11 or the [battles] that followed. We represent all who have gone before in service to our country. We honor and memorialize the victims of 9/11 and what it means to be an American."
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.