U.S. Military Continues to Pay the Price for 9/11 Attacks

Members of the CENTCOM staff salute during the singing of the National Anthem.

Under a cloud dappled sky at the U.S. Central Command Memorial on Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base – a brief remembrance was held Friday for those lost during the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Civilians, first responders, firefighters were remembered along with the men and women of the military who continue to fight overseas long after the smoke has cleared from the Twin Towers, Pentagon and Pennsylvania field.

Some of the honored guests included a few of the doctors from James A. Haley VA Medical Center and members of the CENTCOM Coalition Force.

Most in attendance were men and women in uniform who stood throughout the brief ceremony.

It is they, those wearing the uniform, said CENTCOM Commander Gen. James Mattis, who continue to pay the price of 9-11. He called Al Qaeda an enemy that attacked more than New York City – but also Bali and Moscow – London and Madrid.

CENTCOM Commander Gen. James Mattis pledges to continue the fight for those lost on 9/11.

“It’s an enemy of all civilized people everywhere and an enemy who thought by hurting us on 9-11 he could scare us,” Mattis said. “And with the Americans, he was not aware of the descendents of Valley Forge, of Shiloh, of Midway and Normandy, of Ploiesti and Iwo Jima, Vietnam and more are not made of cotton candy.”

His remarks were brief, but Gen. Mattis reminded his troops that they must, “pledge to fight for enlightenment and tolerance and fight tyranny to the last full measure. The losses of our fellow citizens from so many nations only remind us that the innocents on 9-11 our stalwart brothers and sisters in uniform since who we’ve lost have only made us more determined.”

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