CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Nearly 300 soldiers and civilians gathered at Camp Shelby Wednesday morning to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A brief service was held at the post chapel by members of the 158th Infantry Brigade.
During the ceremony, prayers were said for the 9/11 victims and a few soldiers spoke about how the attacks affected them and their families.
A special moment of reflection was also held at the exact moment 12 years ago when one of four hijacked planes crashed into the Pentagon, killing dozens of people.
"In our moment of reflection this morning, I didn't take 20 or 30 seconds, I gave it a full minute plus, because I wanted people to think what did it mean to them, how did it impact them," said Col. Paul Kreis, commanding officer of the 158th Infantry Brigade. "And then, take that next step. OK, it impacted you, but now, how are you going to impact your community," he said.
"America's spirit was just renewed in everybody and all the servicemembers that were serving that day," said Sergent First Class Tambouzi Green, one of the soldiers who spoke during the service. "It's like they recommitted themselves and rededicated themselves that day," he said.
"All Americans became one that day," said Staff Sergeant Christopher Burns, another soldier who spoke at the service. "It was very emotional that day. Never forget September 11th," he said.
An estimated 275 people attended the service.