PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - At Pensacola Naval Air Station, this was a day to honor the nearly 3000 Americans who lost their lives on 9/11.
"It's a great opportunity to pause and think how blessed we are to be in this country and remember the sacrifice of other Americans that gave their lives on 9/11 and since then," said Captain Christopher Plummer, NAS Commanding Officer.
Plummer made it clear we will not forget the sacrifices made that day - sacrifices that continue as part of the war on terror.
One of the most touching parts of the ceremony, the tolling of the bells, recounted the tragic numbers of those who died on each plane and in each tower and building that terrible day.
Hearing the bells brought back a flood of memories for many people that attended the event.
Stephanie Oram is retired military and was in Washington D.C. when the attacks happened. She had previously worked in the part of the Pentagon hit by a hijacked arliner.
"It was very sad when it happened because I knew people in the building there, and I knew exactly where it was. To lose those people, it was devastating," said Oram.
"You know, there's firemen involved, policemen involved, civilians in airplanes, in the Pentagon, military personnel, so it really is an American tale. We came together post-9/11 as Americans and have pressed on," Plummer said.
"You really think about it almost everyday. And you wouldn't think it was 10 years ago since this happened because it's still so near and dear to us," said Oram.
It's also near and dear to our nation as we continue to remember 9/11 a decade later.
Officials with NAS Pensacola say the event will continue in future years.
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