News: USD-C Soldiers remember 9/11, honor those who died
Story by Cpl. Daniel Eddy
BAGHDAD—More than a hundred United States Division – Center soldiers attended a memorial service, Sept. 11, at the Division Memorial Chapel at Camp Liberty, Iraq, to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in terrorists attacks on U.S. soil nine years ago.
“These ceremonies are absolutely critical because we must not forget the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Lt. Col. Lane Turner, commander of Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Division, United States Division – Center, and an Atlanta native. “It had a significant impact on many individuals, many Families, many communities, our nation and the world at large.”
Turner said many of the Soldiers who were in attendance at the service joined the Army after 9/11, and many of them had joined because of that event. For Soldiers, it is very important to remember and talk about the sacrifices made.
One of the soldiers moved by 9/11 was Capt. Nyhl Irvin, chaplain with the DSTB, 1st Armd. Div., and Mount Vernon, Ill., native.
Irvin said he wanted a short but effective service for the soldiers.
“For us to forget such an important thing as an event like [9/11] would be tragic,” he said. “To me, I think it helps our soldiers keep their focus upon their mission, what their cause is and how serious it is.”
Irvin said four groups of people associated with the 9/11 attacks were remembered during the service: the leadership, the rescue workers, the Families who were affected by 9/11 and the service members who serve today.
Turner, who spoke during the ceremony, said he wanted to take part in the observance because it helps him remember why he serves.
“It renews my own faith in what I am doing, and why I am doing this, and it reminds us that we do this for our great nation, and we must continue to do this until those who are responsible for this act and the events for 9/11 are held accountable,” he said.