Keesler Holds Memorial Service to Honor 9/11 Anniversary

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Thursday is the 13th anniversary of 9/11. On this anniversary, we remember the almost 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Keesler Air Force Base held a memorial ceremony Thursday to commemorate the lives lost and soldiers who fought against terror. Airmen and women marched in line Thursday morning as they remembered the tragedy of 9/11. For many younger servicemen, the terrorist attack and U.S. response, is the reason they joined the armed forces. Staff Sergeant Tony Neal of Keesler Air Force Base says, “It was overwhelming really, especially if you didn’t know what was going on. You’re sitting there and now your country is under attack. It makes you want to go out and do something.”

And he did. Sgt. Neal was already interested in joining the armed forces, but soon decided being a canine handler with the Air Force was the right fit for him. Sgt. Neal also says, “I went over there to Iraq and Afghanistan. I was with the Army the whole time, finding I.E.D.s, walking in front of the troops, and keeping them safe.”

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Brigadier General Patrick Higby, Commander of Keesler Air Force Base, reminds us that the lives of those lost in 9/11 were not in vain. After the President’s speech Wednesday night, the U.S. is reminded that terrorist groups are not tolerated. Higby says, “If they have an idea of how to run a nation better than ours, bring it on into the marketplace of ideas, but as soon as you resort to violence, and resort to terrorist and kill innocence, the United States military will rise up and come after you.”

The general says whether it be Al Qaeda, ISIS, or the Nazis, the United States will fight back against injustice from any attacks on the United States and against any group that tries to take away freedom and lives.