Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies
By Senior Airman Sean Campbell & Senior Airman Janelle Patiño , 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 19, 2017
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.”