Nearly 3,000 Americans died in the 9/11 attacks. The wars that followed have claimed the lives of more than 6,000 more Americans.
Ten years later, Albany Marines want us to remember U. S. troops are still fighting in Afghanistan. They honored the victims of 9/11 Friday and the troops who put their lives on the line.
The Marines and many members of the community at the Base ceremony said the 9/11 terrorist attacks were the defining moment in history for this generation. Two men at the ceremony were at Ground Zero that day.
People shook hands with Secret Service Agents Clint Bush, a Cook County native, and Dan Wright, an Albany native. The two agents were at their World Trade Center office when the first plane slammed into the Tower, and were helping others when the second plane hit.
"Agent Bush and others had just arrived at the base of number 2, when he said he heard jet engines directly above him screaming," said Marine Corps Albany Police Chief Randy Jack. "He looked up and he saw hijacked United Airlines 175 banking and turn the throttles completely up, and it disappeared out of sight. Instantaneously, the side of the building he was under exploded outward with shards of steel, glass, and debris and burning jet fuel raining all around."
Bush dove under a FedEx truck to save his life. The Secret Service would not allow Wright or Bush to talk to us on camera, but other Marine Base officials in the ceremony talked about where they were on 9/11, ten years ago.
"The effects of the attacks are very far reaching. It will take many generations for this pain to ease," said Marine Base Fire Chief Jack Colby.
And for the Marines, the decade since 9/11has been a long war. "Ten years. I have seen units, I myself have deployed in support of it. And it makes you proud to know that we have men and women out there at the tip of the spear, taking the fight to the enemies who attacked us on that day," MCLB Colonel Terry Williams said.
And that is why the Albany Marine Base held their ceremony-- To honor the three thousand who died in the 9/11attacks ten years ago and to make sure that the nation never forgets.
And Marine Base officials said the work done at their base has played a significant role saving lives of the troops in the ten years of war since the 9/11attacks. Base officials raised their security level at the base earlier this week in advance of the 9/11anniversary.
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