Fort Polk holds 9/11 memorial ceremony

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FORT POLK, La. (KALB) - On Wednesday morning, soldiers and residents from Vernon Parish took time to reflect on the 9/11 attacks that happened 18 years.

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Together, residents and soldiers gathered at Fort Polk for this year’s “9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.”

“We knew immediately at that moment our lives were going to change,” Garrison Commander Col. Ryan Roseberry said.

Col. Roseberry, like many other Americans, said he can remember exactly where he was when the attacks happened.

“I was here [at Fort Polk] during the 9/11 attacks,” he said.

Col. Roseberry recalled being in his office during the attacks, looking at his television.

“As we were watching it, the second plane crashed into the other building and there was a silence. The shivers, you could feel it going up and down everyone’s spine,” he said.

Other residents and service members at the ceremony said they will never forget the 18-year-old tragedy.

“We must remember it because was one of those terrible tragedies,” Fort Polk Fire Chief Bill Nowlin said. "3,000 people lost their lives that day.”

While remembering those 3,000 people that lost their lives during the attack, Col. Roseberry took time to highlight the important role that Fort Polk plays in fighting the ongoing war.

“Eighteen years of perpetual conflict where JRTC played a significant role in training our brigades to get over to Iraq, Syria, and other places,” Col. Roseberry mentioned.

After the Remembrance Ceremony, the base mentioned they plan to have a moment of silence at 9 p.m., followed by the playing of taps.

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