THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Last Friday, September 11, the US Air Force in the UK took part in several events to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center on 9/11. During the day, a ceremony took place to honor those who lost their lives in the attack, with the ceremony's closing remarks delivered by the 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, Col Troy Pananon (pictured).
The events, which took place at RAF Mildenhall, also involved special commemorative walks. Members of the 100th Security Forces Squadron conducted a 'First Responder's Walk', a walk to honor and commemorate the first responders who lost their lives as a result of the attacks.
Another 5k walk also took place to remember Prisoners of War, and those missing in action. According to the USAF, events to commemorate Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action have been held regularly since the Second World War.
The ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of 9/11 was attended by base leaders at Mildenhall, Airmen and civilians from both RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath. The ceremony involved a number of tributes, including posting the colors, bagpipes, and the ringing of the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department’s ceremonial bell. The act of tolling the bell at the beginning of a ceremony echoes a long standing tradition in the fire service, as the USAF explain: "The alarm – sounded by the bell – summoned those brave souls to fight fires and save lives. When the fire was out and the alarm was over, it was the bell which signaled they had answered the call. When a firefighter paid the supreme sacrifice, it was the mournful toll of the bell which announced the comrade’s passing."
For more pictures from the US Air Force UK's September 11 commemorations, go to www.mildenhall.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2347770/team-mildenhall-remembers-the-fallen/