DHS Remembers September 11, 2001

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement in honor of 9/11: “This year on September 11th, we pause to remember events that occurred fifteen years ago, events which prompted the formation of this Department. We continue to commemorate 9/11 and, at the same time, move forward.”

Our Chaplain remembers 9/11

This might not be a story that you have heard before, but Coast Guard chaplains were at Ground Zero for 40 days following the attacks of September 11th. Chaplains from around the Coast Guard went to New York to support not only the influx of Coast Guard personnel who were aiding with the response and security, but also other local emergency workers as well as the victims’ families. This is the Chaplain of the Coast Guard’s remembrance of 9/11 and the days following, and the assistance that the Coast Guard Chaplains provided to those that needed it.

Sporting t-shirts with the motto, "Our heroes will not be forgotten," Flags Across America volunteers remember American Airlines Flight 77, hijacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001 and crashed into The Pentagon. Photo courtesy of retired Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Allen.

Remembering 9/11: Flags Across America

The U.S. Coast Guard Flags Across America program, sponsored by the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, gathers on Sept. 11 each year to honor the 184 American patriots who gave their lives on 9/11 at the Pentagon. Sporting t-shirts with the motto, “Our heroes will not be forgotten,” the Flags Across America volunteers remembered American Airlines Flight 77, hijacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001 and crashed into the Pentagon after it took off from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Ensign Kiley Relf (left) and Michael Caballero prepare to hoist the American flag during a remembrance ceremony Sept. 11, 2014, at Coast Guard Sector New York, in Staten Island, N.Y. Capt. Gordon Loebl, commander, Coast Guard Sector New York, gave remarks on the significant role the Coast Guard played during the maritime evacuation of lower Manhattan 13 years ago. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Coast Guard Sector New York holds 9/11 remembrance ceremony

To remember the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, a flag ceremony was performed. An unwavering American symbol, the vibrant red, white and blue colors stood out against the cloudy, gray sky as the flag detail team hoisted it up the pole. Capt. Gordon Loebl, commander, Coast Guard Sector New York, gave remarks on the significant role the Coast Guard plays on a daily basis to thwart terrorist activity and the positive impact of their response on that day.

U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Never forget

Today, we pause to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember loved ones who were taken too soon, we honor the strength and courage of those who carry on their legacy. From first responders on the day of the attacks to the first line of defense for our nation today, Coast Guard men and women remain a dedicated force in service to this great Nation.

We will never forget

As we honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on 9/11 and their families, we are reminded of why we rise to the challenge every day to fulfill our mission of combating terrorism and protecting the homeland and the public at large.

A Coast Guard 32-foot Transportable Port Security Boat arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, aboard an Air Force C-17, for its first operational deployment, Jan. 12, 2013. Port Security Unit 311 members will use the 32-foot TPSB to secure the port and waterways around the naval station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Anderson.

Enhancing our ability to protect, defend the maritime domain

For more than two decades, Coast Guard port security units have deployed throughout the world and provided security for personnel and supplies needed for Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Unified Response. PSU members have also mobilized across the continental United States following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. During each of these deployments, the security units’ watercraft was the legacy 25-foot Transportable Port Security Boat. But there’s a new, more capable asset on the horizon and PSU 311 welcomed the replacement during their current deployment at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.


Santos Valentin: A fallen police officer’s legacy lives on

More than 400 law enforcement officers and fire fighters were killed at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11. While the memory of each of these lifesavers remains in our hearts and minds, there is one officer whose memory continues to live on within the Coast Guard – badge #21630, Santos Valentin.

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