914th ARW honors lives lost in tragedy on American soil 18 years ago

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  • By Airman Kelsey Martinez
  • 914th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

A 9/11 remembrance ceremony was held here on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

For several years now, the base has come together to not only show support, but also to recognize and honor the lives lost in September 2001.

“For all of us, the events of September 11, 2001 will forever live in our memories,” said Maj. Christopher Pike, a 914th Operations Group pilot.

Pike commenced the event by briefly speaking on behalf of the tragedies of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the plane that went down in a Pennsylvania field.

Pastor Robert Wahler, United Pentecostal Church New Life Center, made the invocation.

In addition, Joe Foucha, the 914th Fire Emergency Services assistant chief, rang the fire bell during the lowering of the flag to half-staff, which was done by Staff Sgt. Christian Adason, a 914th Security Forces Squadron defender.

Senior Master Sgt. Nina Deming, a member of the Niagara Falls Honor Guard, performed taps while Master Sgt. Jermell Motley, Tech. Sgt. Quinn Feng, and Tech. Sgt. Philip Depronio, members of the Honor Guard, rendered the gun salute.

In attendance for this solemn remembrance ceremony, were more than 100 military and civilian members of the NFARS.