Staff from the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington joined current and former members of the Arlington County Fire Department at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, honor those who responded and thank those who unite to defend the nation.

Arlington County Fire Department Chief David Povlitz and former Fire Chief James Schwartz, who led the Unified Command effort at the Pentagon 18 years ago, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of the interagency partnership between the Arlington County Fire Department and Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region that has continued to grow and mature since 9/11.

"On behalf of the Arlington County Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, it is a privilege to join the U.S. Army Military District of Washington to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," said Povlitz. We honor those men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect the United States and our freedoms. I am humbled by their service and grateful to pay respects.

"This ceremony is poignant as we remember those who lost their lives on and after September 11, 2001. On this day, we recognize the impact on the members of the military, first responders and their families. As Arlington National Cemetery is so near to us, we will keep the memories of the fallen close to our hearts at all times."

Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR/MDW, hosted the Army Honor Wreath Ceremony, which included participation by The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).