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September 11 victims honored at Fort Bragg event

Mark Brighton

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 4:52:47 PM
9/11 victims honored at Fort Bragg ceremony.Fort Bragg recently paid its respects to those who died on September 11 and the 5,500 servicemembers who have given their life to protect the country since.

Officials of Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base lit a flame on a new memorial on the Main Post Parade Field to honor all who have passed.

"We will never forget your family’s sacrifice," said Lieutenant General Frank Helmick, commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.

Many attendees of the ceremony were directly impacted by the terrorist attacks, including Mimi Bock, a local woman who was on the 63rd floor of the south tower at the World Trade Center when the buildings were attacked. Other individuals in the audience were surviving family members of American's who lost their life overseas fighting for the country.

New York City Police Department officer, Daniel Rodriguez, sang "God Bless America" after the flame was lit. The flame is held in a steel cauldron made from remnants of the World Trade Center and the base of the monument is a stone from Georgia’s Currahee Mountain.

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