First class petty officers aboard Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) held a 9/11 tribute on the mess decks Sept. 11.
“The purpose of our tribute was to remember over 3,000 people who were killed during the attacks, including more than 500 military service members and first responders,” said Yeoman 1st Class Stacey Brennen. “We wanted to remember the sacrifices of so many on that tragic day.”
The tribute included an invocation and benediction from Lt. Stephen DiCenso, Rushmore’s chaplain, 1st class petty officers selected to promote to Chief accounts of their whereabouts that day, a slideshow presentation with imagery that displayed a timeline of events of how the attacks unfolded, a moment of silence and closing remarks from Cmdr. Robert Tryon, Rushmore’s commanding officer.
“The ceremony reminded me of the sacrifices our country has made since that day and continues to make,” said Ens. Jacob Price. “All of us who have grown up or served since 9/11 have been influenced by it in ways we often don’t even recognize. As we operate in complex parts of the world, we better understand why we’re here and the important role we play. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to that cause.”
Brennen said she believes all Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Coastguardsmen continue to perform daily acts of heroism in response to the attacks. The legacy of that September day lies in the worldwide embrace of freedom that followed.
Rushmore, which is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and the 13th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval tasking to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
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25 September 2018
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