Fort Gordon recalls horror, heroism of 9/11
Hundreds of military personnel and civilians gathered Wednesday morning at Fort Gordon to recall lives and lessons related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Dozens of troops, starting Monday morning, took part in a ruck march around the installation’s housing and garrison areas, and they brought the around-the-clock march to a close just before 8 a.m., leading to a ceremony held at Signal Towers, one of the installation’s most prominent landmarks.
In keeping with tradition, cannons were fired to mark the moments when hijacked passenger airlines struck: 8:46 a.m., at the World Trade Center’s north tower; 9:03 a.m., the south tower; 9:37 a.m., the Pentagon; and 10:03 a.m., a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Addressing the gathering was Col. James S. Clifford, Fort Gordon’s garrison commander. “We are now almost 18 years into the fight against Al-Qaida, and we will not falter,” he said.
“From the caves of Afghanistan to the Sunni triangle in Iraq, the plains of Syria, the deserts of Yemen, Somalia, North Africa and wherever our fight takes us, our nation has pursued our enemies. We could not have done this without the tireless commitment of our coalition partners, several of whom are here today representing the numerous allies that fight with us to ensure this tragedy never happens again.”