CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Soldiers at Camp Shelby held a remembrance for victims and heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Thursday.
"September 11th and Patriot Day reminds me of friends I lost, both at the World Trade Center and at The Pentagon, so there's a personal connection to the loss," said Col. Paul Kreis, Commander of the 158th Infantry Brigade.
Members of the 158th Infantry Brigade hosted a Patriot Day remembrance ceremony at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.
"It's important for us to come together and remember because frankly, September 11th affected all of us," said Capt. Edward Brown, a member of the 158th Infantry Brigade.
Several soldiers spoke about the importance of remembering those who lost their lives that day.
"On this day, the tragedy drew us together," said Chaplain (Maj.) Ted Baccich of the 158th. "And we weren't a nation of Democrats and Republicans, red states and blue states, black and white, America was a nation of Americans. That's what America needs to be," Baccich said.
The attendees also sang "God Bless America."
The 158th is a training unit that has prepared thousands of National Guard soldiers for overseas deployments.