JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --
Members of the Joint Base Andrews community paid tribute to those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a remembrance ceremony here, Sept. 11, 2018.
First responders and flight crew personnel stood in a formation of four elements representing each attack that occurred 17 years ago. Each element leader rendered a salute in succession to memorialize the 2,966 lives that were lost.
Those in attendance paid their respects with a moment of silence and a salute as Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Ramos, U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Band trumpeter, performed “To the Colors” and “Taps.”
11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews Commander Col. Andrew M. Purath stressed the importance of sharing the story of 9/11 with generations to come.
“Some of us here today have only experienced the events of [Sept. 11] through the lens of history,” he said. “It’s important to ensure future generations understand how that day reshaped our way of life. The cost, if we do not, is simply too high to pay.