FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar spoke at the Navy SEAL Foundation’s Fifth Annual Patriot Day Ladies Luncheon at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at Fernandina Beach, Florida, Sept. 11.
The purpose of the luncheon was to honor and remember all who were lost during the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001.
“September 11th offers an opportunity for American citizens to come together for a national day of service and remembrance,” Bolivar said. “It’s a day when we as a nation pause to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who people who lost their lives in the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”
Carol Carter, an ambassador of the Navy SEAL Foundation, helped coordinate the event.
“To have Rear Admiral Bolivar here is a huge honor,” Carter said. “This is something we’ve always dreamed of and wanted. We’re just thrilled that she would take the time to come and be with us on 9/11.”
In her speech, Bolivar referenced the construction of USS New York (LPD 21), an amphibious transport dock whose bow was forged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
“This act is rich with meaning on so many levels,” Bolivar said. “A powerful message to those who perpetrated the attacks – a Navy warship forged from the wreckage of one of our nation’s tragedies. This ship was built to serve as a living tribute to the memory of the victims, the heroes and the survivors – a symbol of pride for every American.”
Bolivar also mentioned USS Somerset (LPD 25), another amphibious transport dock that was named in honor of the 40 passengers who lost their lives on United Airlines Flight 93, and the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24) that was built to honor the victims of the attack on the Pentagon.
Bolivar reminded attendees that all the U.S. Navy remains vigilant in protecting the nation from its adversaries.
“Right now, as we gather together, your Navy is protecting and defending the United States of America,” Bolivar said. “Tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They’re there now. They’ll be there when we’re sleeping tonight.”
The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.
Commander, Navy Region Southeast manages and oversees shore installation management support and execution for 18 installations within the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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