Governor Scott and Admiral McRaven remember 9/11 in Tampa ceremony

09/09/11 Andrea Lypka
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Citizens in Tampa Bay and beyond are remembering the 9/11 events on this 10th anniversary weekend. Today Governor Rick Scott and Admiral Bill H. McRaven, commander of United States Special Operations Command attended a Ceremony of Remembrance downtown Tampa’s Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.

One of the attendees was Bill Hamblin. He is also the president and co-founder of Bayshore Patriots and commander of the American Legion post 5 in Tampa. He came…

“To honor America and honor our veterans and first responders. I am a New Yorker, I knew a lot of people who died that day. It was not an assault on New York but it was assault on the whole country. I am a New Yorker but I am an American,” Hamblin said.

Like Hamblin, Pat Schenck wants to honor the fallen heroes and to promote Veterans’ Park.

“And the renovations that are going on and the Vietnam Theater of Warm that will be built. And we will have the dedication in November. The park will have a theater of war for each of the wars and this will be the first one,” she said.

Schenck says the project is dear to her heart.

“So that we allow our veterans to come to this theater of war in Veterans’ Park to reflect and honor those who served,” she said.

One of the speakers, Florida Governor Rick Scott served in the US Navy. He says that he was in New York 10 years ago on September 11th and he knows families who lost a loved one that day.

“It is a horrible day in our history. Your heart goes out to the nearly three thousand people who lost their lives that day, those who were in the towers, those who came to tower to rescue others. And on the top of that our heart goes out all those who have lost loved ones in this war on terror. And still today we lose loved ones because we had individuals in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world that are defending our freedom. And we also know that we have to defend freedom in our country,” he said.

Admiral Bill McRaven, commander of United States Special Operations Command at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base, also attended the ceremony.

“Over the past couple of weeks I have had the privilege of attending a number of memorial services that honor those 38 brave men killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan on August 6th. These memorials were both solemn and inspiring. There were solemn because we lost so many loved ones but they were inspiring because of the strength of the families and the lessons those families teach us about life after 9/11. August 6th was not 9/11 but tragedies are nevertheless linked to those events if that September day. And the courage displayed by the families left behind is indicative of the strength, the resolve and the compassion of this great nation since September 11th,” McRaven said.

The 9/11 ceremony featured the laying of wreaths on a steel beam from the World Trade Center wreckage. The United States Air Force performed a fly-over. Journalist John Wilson says that he is reminded every day about 9/11.

“Every day when you look up on the sky, you hear the roar of a mighty jet, it has the flag of the United States on it. Every one of us should pause at that moment; remember where we are, who we are and why we are here. Without that military, without that fighting force in the world, the United States Armed Forces we wouldn’t be having this moment here. And all these extraordinary men and women in uniforms standing around you represent all the first responder units, police, fireman, the rescue, they all played a role in 9/11” he said.

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