In the eleven years since the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed division in the nation. On this 11th anniversary, the division took some time to not only think back and remember those who served our country, but also honor those first responders who were in Manhattan that day. Our Brian Dwyer gives us a special look at Tuesday's ceremony.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- "Each one of us here feels those feelings. We also remember those who lost their lives that day and those who gave their lives trying to save others," Fort Drum Senior Chaplain Col. Darrell Thomsen Jr. said addressing the crowd gathered.
"08:46 on September 11th, 2001, American Airlines flight 11 impacted Tower One of the World Trade Center," Rang through the loud speaker.
"I think it's a moment to reflect and take stock into who we are and what we're about and why we are currently engaged in the war we are engaged in," Fort Drum Commanding General Major General Mark Milley said about the 9/11 anniversary.
"Today we remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day," the event emcee said.
"This division has sacrificed a tremendous amount over the last 11 years. We've had 299 killed in action in this division. We've had 4,000 Bronze Stars with V and Purple Hearts combined. We've had a Medal of Honor, a Distinguished Service Cross, 24 Silver Stars," Major General Milley added. "This division and the Fort Drum community at-large has paid an enormous sacrifice for the crimes that were committed against the United States of America on 9/11.”
"It wasn't the 10th Mountain Division or the 101st Airborne of the 82nd that responded to the towers and the Pentagon," Maj. Gen. Milley would go on to say. "It was firemen and police officers and EMTs and ambulances. I think it was very appropriate in this ceremony that it was the first responders who that you see prominently displayed behind me."
"For firefighters, as we watched, if we weren't there, as we watched the events unfold as soon as we saw what was going on, we knew that responders were heading up those stairs into that building. Every day when we remember that it just brings back those memories of what those people sacrificed for their fellow man," Captain Robert Denney of the Fort Drum Fire Department added.
Major General Mark Milley says he's proud of the Division's success in Iraq and Afghanistan, but adds there's a lot of work left to do.