News Icon

News: Soldiers commemorate 9/11 on Bagram Air Field

Story by Staff Sgt. Dave OversonSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Soldiers commemorate 9/11 on Bagram Air Field Staff Sgt. Dave Overson

Coalition troops serving in eastern Afghanistan gather on Bagram Air Field for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, Sept. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale)

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that will likely remain relevant for centuries to come. Most Americans who are more than 20 years old can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on that infamous day. And today, on the 11-year anniversary of the attacks, service members and civilians deployed to Afghanistan will likely remember where they paid their respects to those killed that day.

The 1st Infantry Division soldiers at Bagram Air Field remembered 9/11 with a ceremony at their division headquarters centered around an actual piece of iron I-beam salvaged from the World Trade Center.

The beam, nine-feet long and weighing more than 950 pounds, stands in memory of the day’s fallen.

“The attack was on American soil – in New York, Washington, D.C., and a lonely field in Pennsylvania, but it was also an attack on all freedom-loving people across the globe,” said Maj. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-1 and the 1st Infantry Division, during his speech. “That is why today we fight in solidarity as a coalition of 50 nations, 10 of whom serve here in [eastern Afghanistan.]”

More than 200 service members and civilians attended the ceremony – a reminder of how many people were lost that day and what the free world will continue to do to prevent it from happening again.

“Today is a reminder that the current mission is a direct result of that fateful day; what we are doing is defending our homelands and our citizens from those who want to sully our values and take away that which we hold most dear – our freedom,” said Mayville.

“We are seeing progress every day,” said Mayville. “It has not been an easy fight, and it has been longer than any of us thought it would, but it is a fight we are winning.”

Staff Sgt. Denzil D’souza, a U.S. Army Reserve soldier who is currently deployed to Bagram Air Field, was especially moved during today’s ceremony. Outside of the military, D’souza is a New York City police officer. When he’s not in one uniform, he is likely in the other. In fact, one main reason he joined both the Army and the New York City Police Department was the 9/11 attack.

Eleven years ago, the 27-year-old native of Corona, Queens, N.Y., was sitting on his friend’s rooftop waiting to go to school when the first plane slammed into the World Trade Center.

“I couldn’t believe what was going on. It was heartbreaking,” said D’souza recalling his initial reaction as he witnessed the destruction.

“Regardless of how many years have gone by, those events are engrained into my memory, and being here today is very moving,” he said. “Having an actual piece of iron here from the World Trade Center is almost like bringing a piece of home here with me.”


Connected Media
ImagesSoldiers commemorate...
Command Sgt. Maj. Charles V. Sasser Jr., right, and Maj....
ImagesSoldiers commemorate...
A 1st Infantry Division soldier holds a salute during a...
ImagesSoldiers commemorate...
Soldiers and civilians observe a moment of silence...
ImagesSoldiers commemorate...
Coalition troops serving in eastern Afghanistan gather...


Web Views
322
Downloads
1

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Soldiers commemorate 9/11 on Bagram Air Field, by SSG Dave Overson, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.11.2012

Date Posted:09.11.2012 11:40

Location:BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGlobe

More Like This

  • Most Americans remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001. It was one of those unforgettable days that many people relive on each year’s anniversary.
  • Ten years after the twin towers fell, many Americans honored the lives lost with memorial ceremonies and quiet moments of reflection. Both at home and abroad, Americans sought to remember the details of where they were when they heard the tragic news.
While Americans may have felt alone on 9/11, they certainly were not alone this past month in paying their respects. People all across Kosovo came together at memorials, just like they have since 2001.
  • Hundreds of people crowded into the main courtyard of the Joint Operations Center at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2013, to attend a ceremony remembering the tragic events of this day 12 years ago.
  • Sept. 11, 2001, was a day most Americans remember in detail; where they were that morning when they heard the news of a vicious attack that will forever live in their minds.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr