• FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--During a Patriot Day ceremony here, Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, remembered the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and how they changed America. He also reassured his audience that America's Soldiers are courageous and steadfast to the principles of freedom and that the Army will never lose the will to win.

    Gen. Thurman gives Patriot Day speech

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--During a Patriot Day ceremony here, Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, remembered the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and how they changed America. He also reassured his audience that America's...

  • FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Gen. James D. Thurman (left), commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, joins in the Patriot Day ceremony singing of "God Bless America." He is joined by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert E. Phillips of the Fort McPherson Chaplain Office and Chaplain (Col.) Michael Tarvin, the FORSCOM chaplain.

    Patriot Day ceremony at Fort McPherson, Ga.

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Gen. James D. Thurman (left), commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, joins in the Patriot Day ceremony singing of "God Bless America." He is joined by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert E. Phillips of the Fort McPherson...

  • FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Fort McPherson Garrison Commander, Col. Deborah B. Grays (left), stands with Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command; Pat and Kathy McCloskey and Kelly Anderson after placing a wreath in honor of Sgt.1st Class Shawn McCloskey, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey are his parents; Ms. Anderson is his sister. The wreath will stand in the FORSCOM headquarters lobby to honor McCloskey and all other service members who have fallen in the fight for freedom.

    Fallen heroes remembered during Patriot Day ceremony

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Fort McPherson Garrison Commander, Col. Deborah B. Grays (left), stands with Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command; Pat and Kathy McCloskey and Kelly Anderson after placing a wreath in honor...

  • FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Capt. Curtis Kinzey, The Army Ground Forces Band's executive officer and associate conductor, leads the band in performing "That Ragged Old Flag" during the Fort McPherson Patriot Day ceremony. Spec. Anthony Licata read the narrative that accompanied the piece.

    FORSCOM's Army Ground Forces Band performs "That Ragged Old Flag" for Patriot Day ceremony

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Capt. Curtis Kinzey, The Army Ground Forces Band's executive officer and associate conductor, leads the band in performing "That Ragged Old Flag" during the Fort McPherson Patriot Day ceremony. Spec. Anthony Licata...

  • FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Sgt. Joshua Price of The Army Ground Forces Band plays "Taps" during the Fort McPherson Patriot Day ceremony.

    "Taps" adds to the Patriot Day ceremony solemnity.

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--Sgt. Joshua Price of The Army Ground Forces Band plays "Taps" during the Fort McPherson Patriot Day ceremony.

FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2010)--All Americans remember where they were when the news broke of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"And we remember the grief that we all felt for our countrymen, but that grief has hardened into resolve" declared Gen James D. Thurman, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, in his keynote address during a solemn Patriot Day ceremony here.

He emphasized that in spite of the nine years of war following those attacks, the nation and its Army remains resolute in both purpose and focus, remaining steadfast to the pledge President George W. Bush made that "We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail."

"On this day we not only honor the victims who perished nine years ago, but we also recognize our Soldiers who demonstrate this nation's resolve," he told the audience gathered outside the FORSCOM headquarters building.

The commander of the Army's largest command also acknowledged that many of America's service men and women have courageously and selflessly answered the call, many giving their lives in the defense of the country's freedom.

"Let me assure you that at this moment hundreds of thousands of American Soldiers stand unified around the world in the cause of freedom," Thurman said. "Our Soldiers, along with our Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, are fulfilling our promise of freedom. And you can be certain we will prevail. For people who live in freedom always prevail over those who live in oppression."

Looking to the future, he observed that one must always expect the unexpected and assume that some unforeseen event requiring a U.S. military response will occur.

"While we cannot predict the exact nature of the next crisis, we must be prepared to respond as directed by our nation's leaders," he said. "In the meantime, our Army will continue to field the best trained, best equipped and best led forces in the world. The course of this conflict is unknown. None of us knows exactly the sacrifices that might lie ahead. But what is certain is the outcome. We will win!"

After his speech, Gen. Thurman assisted the family of Sgt.1st Class Shawn McCloskey place a wreath in honor of the nation's fallen heroes. McCloskey was killed in Afghanistan while serving with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group.

FORSCOM is responsible for more than 832,000 Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, capable of rapidly responding whenever America's friends or allies are in danger, fighting the nation's wars, and supporting civil authorities, all while transforming the Army.

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