“Some of our best and brightest military and civilians… they ar who we celebrate today.”
by Mayra Barrios
STOCKTON, CA – Stockton joined the ceremonies held across the nation in memory of the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September, 11.
5:30 AM on Sunday September 11, 2011 before sunrise dozens of people gathered at McLeod Lake amphitheater located in the corner of Fremont and Center Streets.
Joining the Stockton Fire and Police Departments, veteran groups, pastors and other community members shared emotional testimonies and messages to remember the terrorist attacks.
“Today the various operations that this nation has un Undertaken in the global war on terrorism we have lost 6,226 American souls,” said Guest speaker Marine Col Adrian Burke, “Some of our best and brightest military and civilians…they are who we celebrate today.”
Among the list read in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the present wars, more than 30 soldiers of the Central Valley were included.
Throughout the ceremony Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion’s Wars fired volleys at four different times. Each volley to represent the four tragic event of that September morning in New York: the crashing of the planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Passengers on United Airlines Flight 93
“This wasn’t an attack on New York City this was an attack on America,” said Robert Bentz, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he noted that, “we [as Americans] have stood up, and we will stand up.” ■