by Senior Airman Phillip Houk
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
9/11/2015 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team
Buckley paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on
the U.S. during a Patriot Day 5K and a retreat ceremony Sept. 11 on
Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.
Patriot Day is the national day of service and remembrance in memory of
the 2,977 killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. On this day, the U.S.
flag is flown at half-staff at the White House and all U.S. government
buildings across the world. Americans are also asked to take a moment of
silence at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, the time the first plane
crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.
The Patriot Day events ended the afternoon of Sept. 11 with a Patriot
Day 5K. Carrying the American Flag and a POW-MIA flag, service members
ran, representing the strength and unity the nation has brought forth
from the tragedies of September 11, 2001.
In the morning, Team Buckley gathered for a retreat ceremony to honor
the victims, as well as those who selflessly gave their lives trying to
help others during the attacks.
Speaking on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert D
Ward urged those in attendance to remember the reason for Patriot Day.
"For the most part we do not hunger for food and water, yet we thirst
for peace and justice in the midst of a world filled with wars and
rumors of war," Ward said. "We pray that the world will never forget the
events of September 11th 2001 for if we do, we risk history repeating
itself. So we stand here this day with resolve, we remember."
As a Team Buckley member who was personally affected by the attacks on
Sept. 11, Senior Airman Matthew Greger, 2nd Space Warning Squadron,
shared his experiences living in New York, and the family and friends he
lost that day.
"I remember the morning of September 11th 2001 as mass hysteria, it felt
like the world was ending. A black haze filled the sky for weeks when I
found out that my cousin and our fire fighter friend had been confirmed
casualties," Greger. "I remember September 11th because I need to
explain the truths of that day to those I meet. I meet people here from
all across the country and it is hard to believe that some of them don't
understand this important day."
Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander, also acknowledged the warriors who volunteered to serve after Sept. 11, 2001.
"Though a usually divided and opinionated nation, e pluribus unum, from
many one, we were united that day and that month in resolve to take
action," Wagner said. "The lesson for all of us is that when our world
again changes in an instant like it did in 2001, you must, and you will
be ready to respond when our nation calls you to action."