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Keesler Air Force Base honors 9/11 victims

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

As we inch closer to the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Many individuals and groups are preparing tributes in memory of that unforgettable day.

This Sunday will mark ten years since one of the greatest tragedies our Nation has ever seen.

Friday, a few men and women in uniform at Keesler Air Force Base got a head start on honoring the victims of 9/11.

Hundreds of men and women in uniform lined the grounds of Keesler Air Force Base honoring the victims of the day our nation won't soon forget

After lowering the flag, the event featured a display of rescue vehicles and musical tributes by the Keesler Drum and Bugle Corps. Organizers say it was support that made planning the event a breeze.

"When I brought up the idea of doing it today, everyone rallied behind me. The first responders wanted to be a part, and it was really easy to put together," said Wind Commander, Andy Mueller.

While each life lost that day was honored, there was special recognition for the many service men and women who gave their lives while trying to help others.

"2,606 died in New York City. 125 died in the Pentagon, including 55 of our fellow service men and women in uniform, and 411 first responders died responding to save the lives of our fellow citizens."

The memorial was also used to highlight the significance of that day, to a new generation of service men and women.

"We must remember that the men and women who volunteered to serve in our military today were only nine-years-old. Most of them were only nine-years-old when this event happened, and to make sure that we memorialize those men and women who lost their lives, it's very significant to the men and women who serve in our military today."

It's not just service men and women who need to remember. Event coordinators charge every citizen to take the time to honor those affected by the day that changed the lives of many.

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