By Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, Fort Jackson Commanding GeneralSeptember 6, 2012
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- For many of us, Sept. 11 conjures up memories unlike any other. Many of us remember this day, down to the finest detail, and how we bonded as a nation to respond. This year will mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks on our nation's soil. We remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that tragic day, and sacrifices of families nationwide for service members who have paid the ultimate price for our country.
Across the nation, Americans will attend ceremonies to honor and remember their lives. Their memories will live on in the spirit of America.
Families and service members will come together just as we did on that horrific day, and we will bond. Those bonds are held together with our patriotism and commitment to our country.
Like many of you, I am constantly amazed that after all we have experienced in the past 11 years, our resolve and resilience as a nation remains strong.
We honor and commit to our memories the Families who have lost loved ones.
They will never be forgotten.
We will never forget the sacrifices of those who have gone on before us.
Those attacks have provoked a renewed commitment for our entire country to remember the hallowed words of Duty, Honor and Country.
As Soldiers, we step up to the plate every day to answer the call of duty, and we will continue to train like we fight in order to defend the nation's freedom.
Americans here on and around Fort Jackson and all across the nation have shown constant acts of kindness and gratitude toward our service members for their actions at home and abroad -- and for their Families who support and sacrifice alongside them.
The tragedies of 9/11 have spawned a new breed of volunteers who are more willing to defend the nation's freedom against evil attacks. These individuals who are trained to fight collectively as one unit remember the attacks of 9/11 and understand the importance of pressing forward, to prepare the next generation for the fight against terror.
As we continue providing this nation with Soldiers who are fit to fight our nation's wars, we will remember the more than 6,000 service members who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 11 years since that day and the tens of thousands of wounded warriors.
On Tuesday, I ask you to remember the 9/11 attacks and honor the memories of those we lost that day, and those who continue to sacrifice in defense of our great nation. I invite you to join me in remembering by attending a 9/11 wreathlaying ceremony at 9 a.m. in front of Post Headquarters.
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