GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Who can forget that horrific day when hijacked planes slammed into New York's Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania? This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
On Friday, September 11th observances were held across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At the Seabee Base in Gulfport, hundreds gathered to remember, to honor, and to pray. They came with somber memories and heavy hearts.
"We're reminded that evil does exist in this world and we saw some of the very worst that humans can do," said Base Commander Frederick Burgess.
"With pains and the imagery that took place 10 years ago are still fresh in our minds. We call upon you for comfort, healing and help," Chaplain Yoon Choi recited in a prayer.
The patriotic and poignant ceremony at the Gulfport Seabee Base Friday paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died at the hands of terrorists.
"Today, the bell tolls to remind us of the reverence we owe to all who lost their life on September 11," said the master of ceremony.
They also honored the heroes of 9/11, who gave up their lives so others may live.
"This wreath signifies the honor due to those who on this day lost their life for our freedom. Their bravery, their vigor, their pledge will never be forgotten," he said during a wreath and plaque laying ceremony.
Laurie Roods recited a touching poem: "We took for granted what God gave us. We forgot what it means to be free. Remember now as the nation sits in stunned silence, grieving from sea to shining sea."
They shared words of comfort, healing, and determination.
"What was meant to destroy us, brought us together. What was meant to weaken us made us brave and stronger," said Choi.
"Our motto now rings truer and louder than ever before: We build. We fight," said Gulfport Seabee Christen Allgood. "Let these memories steel your resolve so that we will never again have to endure another attack on our precious American soil."
This was the third year the Seabee Base has held a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.