DAVIS-MONTHAN, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - As the nation paused to remember the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, airmen at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base held their own remembrance ceremonies.
Before the sunrise, a group of airmen marched around the base. They stopped and paused at specific moments from the worst terrorist attack in United States' history, such as the times when the hijacked planes struck each of the Twin Towers.
"It is an opportunity to reflect and remember the almost 3 thousand innocent Americans that lost their lives on 9/11," said Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, who participated in the march.
For men and women in uniform, 9/11 also means reflecting on the more than a decade of war following that dark day. Deployed twice, Williams spent 18 months in Afghanistan.
"My story is modest when compared to other service men and women around the globe (who had) 5 or 6 deployments, whether Afghanistan or Iraq," Williams said. "The countless sacrifices, lives scarred, lives lost."
Then there are the loved ones of those who lost their lives.
"For the family and friends of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, many of whom are in this audience today, they need no reminder," said Col. Michael Rawls, the Vice Commander of the 355th Fighter Wing. "They remember every day."
Rawls was the keynote speaker at the DM 9/11 remembrance ceremony.
Before the ceremony's conclusion, an airman laid a wreath in remembrance of the more than 6 thousand soldiers who haven't returned home.
"Never lose sight of any man or woman who lost their life in this conflict," Williams said.