Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Team Fairchild gathered during the National the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Retreat Ceremony in front of the Headquarters Building Sept. 15, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The ceremony was to honor American Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Police Capt. Jeff Otis, Washington State Patrol, gives a speech during a 9/11 Retreat Ceremony Sept. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Team Fairchild held a retreat ceremony to commemorate the 2,977 victims including 415 public safety personnel, who perished in the events of Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Lt. Col. Fred McMurray, U.S. Air Force retired, speaks with Team Fairchild during the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Retreat Ceremony, Sept. 15, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. McMurray shot down, captured and held as a POW while flying a combat mission over North Vietnam and was released the following year during Operation Homecoming in 1973. The ceremony was to honor American Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Maj. Shawn Bishop, 92nd Air Refueling Wing chaplain, gives a homily Sept. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Bishop recounted his actions from 16 years ago following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also spoke about affected religious leaders from New York and around the world who worked through their sorrow, turning grief into action for the benefit of humanity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Monique Jose Duvall)

Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and Col. Scot Heathman, 92nd ARW vice commander, salute the American flag during a 9/11 Retreat Ceremony Sept. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Team Fairchild held a retreat ceremony to commemorate the 2,977 victims including 415 public safety personnel, who perished in the events of Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, renders a salute to the colors presented by members of the Fairchild Honor Guard during the National the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Retreat Ceremony Sept. 15, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. This day is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September and is one of six days that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild held two retreat ceremonies recently to recognize the events of Sept. 11, 2011, as well as individuals listed as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action here.

On Sept. 11, Fairchild Airmen honored and remembered the 2,977 victims including 415 public safety men and women who perished in 9/11.

“We realized how selfless and brave the public safety professionals were in the face of extreme danger,” said Police Capt. Jeff Otis, Washington State Patrol. “They gave their lives running toward danger in a valiant attempt to save innocent lives.”

On the same week, members from the Fairchild Honor Guard placed a wreath near the flag pole to honor the courageous leadership of the American men and women during their time as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action.

President Woodrow Wilson said, “The things the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.”

“I’d like to recognize and honor our real heroes: our wounded warriors and the Fairchild comrades that made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for their country,” said Lt. Col. Fred McMurray, U.S Air Force retired. “I would like to salute all the men and women who serve their country, who have served and will be serving in the future.”

Ceremonies are extremely important to recognize and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, Otis said.

“I believe we have an obligation to honor those who have gone before us through our daily lives,” Otis added. “For public safety professionals and members of the military, I challenge you to give 100 percent each day to your communities, your professions and your fellow teammates.”