SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. —
Team Scott gathered for a ceremony to remember the lives lost and the sacrifices made 22 years ago during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
Guest speakers included Chief Master Sgt. Retired Aaron Schultz, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, Chief Master Sgt. Retired Tim Walsh and Col. Richard Kind, 375th Air Mobility Command deputy commander. Walsh, with the help of Airman Russell Smith, 375th CES firefighter, presented a wreath symbolizing eternity, continuity, and memory to those who lost their lives. To conclude the ceremony, a bell provided by the O’Fallon Fire Department was rung three times by Smith, a tradition done annually representing the bell strikes that occurred to count the number of first responders who died during the attack.
The event was attended by Airmen, service members, and family from the base in person and on livestream. The event included Airman Leadership School flight 23-G as a flight formation.
“You will be among the first to answer our nation’s call, ready to run in when others run out.” said Walsh, looking out over the crowd of service members. “We are part of a larger community, a nation and a world that looks to us for leadership and hope.”
Twenty two years after the attack,