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NAS Pensacola remembers 9/11 with civilian and military personnel
NAS PENSAOOLA -- Across the country, communities came together to remember 9/11 in different ways. From local fire stations to military installations, Americans took time out to reflect.
The message today at the 9/11 ceremony on board NAS Pensacola is to never forget, as we commemorate those who lost their lives and the tireless efforts of those first responders.
It's more than just a program, more than just memories. Solemn and serious; filled with feeling.
The 9/11 anniversary gives us all the chance to break from the routine, and unite in remembrance.
"I thought it was really nice to be here, and to remember. And we were all in different places when it happened, and just to be able to reflect on that," says military wife Laura Horrocks.
Captain Keith Hoskins is the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola.
12 years ago, he was flying with the Blue Angels, ready for a practice run, when he heard the news.
Since then he has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memory of 9/11 is constant motivation.
"Every single day, I'm giving my very best to the United States Navy, to our government and our leaders and elected officials to ensure that we preserve this great nation of ours," says Capt. Hoskins.
Gene West and his wife are visiting from Kansas.
The former firefighter retired on the ten year anniversary of 9/11, after 32 years of service.
Today was a chance to remember in a different way.
"I'm used to being around the firefighter aspect of it, being in the ceremonies for the fire departments and fire stations. I did it obviously for ten years after 9-11, so I know what the fire station ceremony was like.
But I'd never been to a military ceremony before. So it was really nice," says Hoskins.
This is one of many ceremonies across the country to commemorate 9/11, but special in the fact that it brought together both civilian and military.