On this day at 10 a.m. on September 11th, 2001, Battalion Chief Joseph Pfeifer ordered all firefighters to evacuate the inferno engulfing the north tower of the World Trade Center, a radio order he issued while still standing in the burning building.
Seventeen years later, those who protect us on our home front and abroad gathered at the Seabee Base in Gulfport for a remembrance and memorial ceremony in honor of those who risked and lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“This month marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.”
Naval Construction Battalion Center Fire Chief Mark Henson said, “I’m originally from upstate New York, but I did not know anybody that was there that day that I was aware of. I had just gotten off duty that morning and when I got home, I grabbed my cup of coffee, turned the TV on, and that’s when I saw.”
Master of Ceremony James Brown said, “The candle burning is resemblance of the purity and loss of life to show the respect. We placed a cover for each branch of service to include firemen, firefighters, policemen, and EMS. Some of those folks gave everything and some didn’t come back that day.”
“Saw some of the most horrific, but some of the best times in America. Horrific because of the loss of life, but best times because it brought out the best in America and brought us together and reminded us that we’re all chasing the American dream together,” said Chief Henson.
Seabees and others also rolled up their sleeves today after the memorial ceremony to give blood to the American Red Cross.