Pentagon Service Honors 9/11 Victims, Troops Serving Today
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 Pentagon employees gathered here today to remember those lost Sept. 11, 2001, as well as those serving in uniform today in the global war on terror, with prayer, reflection and a musical tribute by Selah, a contemporary Christian group.
The Pentagon’s chaplains hosted the nondenominational Pentagon employee memorial service, encouraging those in attendance to remember those killed at the hands of terrorists five years ago today and to seek healing in their faith.
“Your presence here pays tribute to those who lost their lives on September the 11th of 2001,” said Army Chaplain (Col.) William B. Broome III, the Pentagon chaplain. “This morning we have gathered in this auditorium to reflect on the events of that day. We have come here to remember and to honor.”
Those killed Sept. 11 “did not die for naught,” he said, but left a legacy for those left behind. “We are better people because they were in our lives,” he said.
Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) David Hicks, Army chief of chaplains and keynote speaker at the service, recalled the pain of Sept. 11 and reminded the audience of the strength that comes from adversity.
He urged people to remember not just those killed that day, but also those now serving in the global war on terror, as well as their families.
“Everyone in uniform and in service -- civilian, military and families -- understands that connection between what is happening on the battlefield today and 2001, that terrible day when we were attacked,” he said.
This recognition of enemies “who literally want to destroy us and stamp us out” brings people together today to remember Sept. 11 and share a common sense of purpose, he said.
“We assemble here today because we know we want to be able to see our children and our grandchildren grow and dream their dreams and have their children and their grandchildren and be able to live life and enjoy life to the fullest that God intended life to be lived,” Hicks said.
Broome offered prayers for those who “stand on the frontiers of freedom” in helping ensure those liberties, as well as “for those who seek to do us harm.” He looked forward to a day when people will be able to live in harmony, without war.
Today’s service included Old and New Testament readings, prayers and songs by Selah, including “You Raise Me Up” and “God Bless the Broken Road.”