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9/11 Ceremony

Ted Jackson plays the bagpipes during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sept. 11, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Jackson was joined by his sister Virginia Jackson who was in tower one during the attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

9/11 Ceremony

Airman 1st Class Keavon Fininen, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, rings the bell for the final call during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sept. 11, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The ‘last call’ is a tradition when fire departments use a bell signaling when a firefighter passes away in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

9/11 Ceremony

After leading a 9/11 silent walk, Peter Brinkenhoff, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, removes his helmet during the first responder prayers during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. In remembrance of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, the 30th Space Wing held a ceremony honoring those who passed away from the attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

9/11 Ceremony

30th Space Wing first responders followed by other base members participate in a 9/11 silent walk Sept. 11, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. For the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, the 30th Space Wing paid homage to the victims lost and all of the families affected by this tragedy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

9/11 Ceremony

30th Space Wing first responders lead a 9/11 silent walk Sept. 11, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. In remembrance of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, the 30th Space Wing held a ceremony to honor and remember those who lost their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

On Sept. 11, 2019, the base held a 9/11 Silent Walk and Remembrance Ceremony at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

For the 18th anniversary of 9/11, the base began the morning with a silent walk led by first responders. The first responders and other base members walked in silence to honor and remember those who lost their lives during the terror attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

“It was my honor to be chosen to lead in the planning of this remembrance ceremony,” said Senior Master Sgt. Corey Coleman, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron deputy fire chief. “The ceremonial silent walk was led by first responders from fire, medical and security forces in honor of those that made the ultimate sacrifice 18 years ago.”

The silent walk ended at the base parade grounds where the Remembrance Ceremony was held.  

During the ceremony, the base honor guard folded a ceremonial flag, bagpipes were played, members recited the Fire Fighter’s, Security Forces and Combat Medics prayers and a 30th CES firefighter rang a bell for the final call. The ‘last call’ is a tradition where fire departments use a bell to signal when a firefighter passes away in the line of duty.

“Today is a day that our nation grieves with the innocent lives lost, the families affected, and the first responders who witnessed the horror first hand,” said Col. Bob Reeves, 30th Space Wing vice commander. “Our entire nation has changed after these attacks. We have become more vigilant, but we have also become more determined to keep our country strong.”