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Sacrifice remembered: POW/MIA, 9/11 attacks

10 Sep 2009 | Nathan L. Hanks Jr.

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., will observe Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day with a breakfast held 7 a.m. Friday at the Base Conference Center.

The guest speaker will be retired Air Force Capt. Bill Robinson, who is the longest-held enlisted POW in American history. 

POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held here on a day that has its own significance. 

Eight years ago, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists coordinated a series of suicide attacks when they hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.

Two of the airliners were intentionally crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings.

The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon.

The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C.

There were no survivors from any of the flights. A total 2,993 people, including the hijackers, died in the attacks. The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of more than 90 countries.

On Sept. 11, take time to honor those who have sacrificed so much for their country, both military and civilian.

The national POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed Sept. 18. when the President is expected to issue a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country.

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany