JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Families across Northeast Florida came together Wednesday and honored those killed on September 11, 2001. Flag raising is part of the regular routine at Naval Station Mayport.
On the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks a ceremony was held during the flag raising to honor the thousands of Americans who lost their lives.
Comman Chief Master Teri Zehnacker told Action News Jax, "It was definitely a game changer for the military that day
She said it's impossible to forget the response at her the San Diego military base where she was stationed.
"We shut down the piers, secured the base, all the ships in the basin left not knowing where they were going, when they were coming back," she described. David Renz, a firefighter at Naval Station Mayport, has joined the department since 9/11.
Renz told Action News Jax the attacks have given their line of work a new level of importance. He described, "Everyday we show up to work that's potentially our outcome – that's what we signed up for, that's why we're really here."
Zehnacker said the base will make sure the lives, and sacrifices are always remembered.
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