USS PEARL HARBOR, At Sea (NNS) -- A memorial ceremony was held on board USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) Sept. 11, for Sailors and Marines to take a moment to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The event was coordinated to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
"The ceremony gave me a chance to reflect on why I joined the Navy," said Chief (Sel.) Boatswain's Mate Everett Albright. "Being out here fighting for what we believe in and helping people back home is what makes what we do so important."
For those in attendance, the ceremony was a chance for them to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women in uniform during a monumental moment in history.
"The ceremony was important in order to continue to recognize the events of [Sept. 11] as a day that our lives as Americans changed," said Lt. Corey McCollum, Deck Department Head and one of the speakers at the commemoration. "We should never forget what happened."
The observance also featured Ship's Serviceman Seaman Samantha Ward singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless the U.S.A." Sailors performed in a color guard as chief selectees displayed the national ensign during the ceremony.
"I felt that I was honoring and paying respect to those that gave their lives in effort to support those in need," said Ward. "Though I couldn't be home, singing the national anthem in recognition of [Sept. 11, 2001] was an honor for me."
Pearl Harbor recently completed PANAMAX 2007 and is returning to homeport San Diego at the end of September after supporting Partnership of the Americas 2007 deployment.
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