The U.S. Military Is Still Paying the Price for 9/11

U.S. Central Command staff salute during the singing of the National Anthem.
TAMPA (2011-9-9) -

Under a cloud dappled sky at the U.S. Central Command Memorial on Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base - a brief remembrance was held for those lost during the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Some honored guests sat in folding chairs but most of the men and women in uniform stood throughout the ceremony inside the circular paved monument.

It is they, those wearing the uniform, said CENTCOM Commander Gen. James Mattis, who continue to pay the price of 9-11. He called Al Qaeda an enemy that attacked more than New York City – but also Bali and Moscow - London and Madrid.

“It’s an enemy of all civilized people everywhere and an enemy who thought by hurting us on 9-11 he could scare us,” Mattis said. “And with the Americans, he was not aware of the descendents of Valley Forge, of Shiloh, of Midway and Normandy, of Ploiesti and Iwo Jima, Vietnam and more are not made of cotton candy.”

His remarks were brief, but Gen. Mattis reminded his troops that they must, “pledge to fight for enlightenment and tolerance and fight tyranny to the last full measure. The losses of our fellow citizens from so many nations only remind us that the innocents on 9-11 our stalwart brothers and sisters in uniform since who we’ve lost have only made us more determined.”

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