Major General Robert Mixon
Major General Robert Mixon speaks at the ceremony.

Many gathered outside CDS Monarch's Wolf Life Transitions Center this morning in front of the American Flag, waving above a monument that reads, "All Gave Some, Some Gave All." This serves to honor our Veterans--our nation's heroes--who are serving, or who have served, in the United States military; but, on the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attack on the United States, it serves to honor even more people.

The ceremony began by Major General Robert Mixon delivering a welcome, after which those in attendance spoke the Pledge of Allegiance, hands pressed over their hearts, and Jerry Christopher sang the National Anthem.

The ceremony continued as Major General Mixon spoke about how he remembered being in the Pentagon the morning of September 11, 2001. He noted how the world changed, and would never be the same, after 9:00 that morning. He spoke about remembering and never forgetting. His message speaks to those lives that were lost, those of us who are here today to remember, as well as the emergency responders who worked tirelessly to save as many lives as they could amidst the tragedy.

The remembrance closed with a reading by one of the people CDS Monarch serves, David, who read this poem:

In Memory of You
Cathy Cavalcante
 
I did not know you...
 
The office worker,
firefighter,
business person,
police officer,
rescue worker,
soldier,
traveler,
mother,
father,
husband,
wife,
sibling,
child.
 
I did not know any of you,
but I grieved along
with your families
and a nation so bereaved.
 
I never saw any of your faces,
until they were on every
television,
newspaper
and magazine.
 
But I know you now-
and in your eyes
I have seen 
every one of us.
 
For any one of us
could have been
in your place
that day.
 
I may not know 
all of your names,
but I shall never
forget you.
 
In memory of you...
I shall never forget.
 
Today we honor those lives lost, and those people who put themselves in danger so they might pull others out of it.

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