Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crew remembers 9/11

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Alexander, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andre Hull and Seaman Danta Goode, members of Coast Guard Cutter Tampa’s honor guard, conduct a seven-volley rifle salute during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sept. 11, 2011.The crew took time to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks while on patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Post written by Ensign Heather Johanson.

While on patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa held a stirring remembrance ceremony on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The cutter’s 14 first class petty officers planned the day’s events. At 8:46 a.m., the exact time American Airlines Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center, the ceremony began with the playing of “Taps” and a seven-volley rifle salute executed by the cutter’s honor guard.

The honor guard consisted of Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Alexander, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andre Hull and Seaman Danta Goode. Following the playing of “Taps”, Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Peveto spoke of the events of 9/11. Seaman Josh Brown, Tampa’s most junior member, laid a wreath to rest in the waters of the Mid-Atlantic as a tribute to those who tragically lost their lives that day. Peveto reminded the crew, although the horrific acts of a few are seared in the national memory, there were far more heroic acts that occurred that fateful morning. From the men and women on each flight who fought for their lives, to the firefighters who ran back into burning buildings and the Coast Guard men and women who helped evacuate 500,000 people from lower Manhattan, N.Y., and patrolled the waters of all major ports in the country for weeks after. These acts of heroism and the memory of 2,997 lost souls forever strengthened America’s resolve.

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