DEVESELU, Romania (NNS) -- Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu held a ceremony to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
NSF Deveselu Commanding Officer, Capt. Charlos Washington, the Romania Minister of National Defense, Mihai-Viorel Fifor and the United States Ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm, were in attendance at the ceremony.
“Today we are here to remember those that lost their lives during a tragic event that shook both our nations to their core,” said Washington. “The attacks that took place on September 11th affected both our nations and through this tragedy our alliance has remained strong. The attacks on 9/11 killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations, including four victims from Romania.”
Though the attacks happened in the U.S., they had rippling effects throughout the globe.
“On the surface many would not think 9/11 had an impact on Romania, but an attack on our friends is an attack on us all,” said Fifor. “This principle is at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty and remains a unique and enduring principle that binds us together. Romania and the United States share a special bond, a spirit of friendship and solidarity that will last well into the future. While this attack was one that took place on American soil and shook us to our core, it is also an attack that showed how strong we are together.”
September 11 was the first time in history that NATO invoked Article 5 of the North Atlantic treaty said Fifor. Article 5 states that an attack against one or more members of NATO is an attack against all of them. NATO members consider the invocation of Article 5 as a call to action to support and protect a country, within the alliance.
Although 9/11 is a day of mourning, Klemm said he wanted to mark the day with a story of partnership and friendship.
“This story is one that is vital to our safety, to our security, and to our way of life,” said Klemm. “This story of friendship between the United States and Romania is one that goes back 100 years and through the support here, I am confident that this story will continue long into the future. Naval Support Facility Deveselu is a tenant of the 99th Military Base Deveselu and we greatly appreciate their hospitality. Romania's agreement to host this ballistic missile defense site is a clear display of their value of the security of the NATO alliance.”
Sept. 11, 2001 was a day of terror, shock and loss, which put NATO members to the test, but it also showed the true strength of alliances and the power that comes from standing together in times of crisis.
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