JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Friday, Naval Station Mayport sailors, firefighters, and other first responders held a 9/11 ceremony in honor of the 3,000 killed during the terrorist attacks on Sept.11, 2001.
The base staged fire trucks and police vehicles in front of base headquarters and raised the American flag at 8 a.m. There was bell ringing and a moment of silence. They also prayed for the memory of those who lost their lives.
There was also a call to action to teach those who either are too young to remember what happened that day or weren’t even born. Commanding Officer Brian Binder spoke Friday morning about the importance of the ceremony and the duties Naval Station Mayport sailors perform daily.
“I absolutely entrust in you that mentorship,” Binder said. “You know how important it is. Please mentor that next generation. Teach them how important this day is to our nation and to us.”
Shane McFadden, Naval Station Mayport’s Fire and Emergency Service Chief, was deployed in Japan on 9/11 and prepared for war shortly after.
This day causes him to reflect and remember why he chose to do what he does.
“We always say never forget, never forget,” McFadden said. “A lot of people don’t remember that until it is time to do September 11 ceremonies. It is not just never forgetting the lives that were lost that day, it is also remembering who we are as a country and a nation and we are as human beings. Some things in life are more important. We stress over a lot of other things. That puts things into perspective.”
Sunday marks the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It’s a time in history that we will never forget.