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Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Nashville salute during a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 11, 2016. Marine Week Nashville is a chance to reconnect with our Marines, sailors, veterans and their families from different generations.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristian Ricardo

Nashville, Marines honor the fallen

12 Sep 2016 | Sgt. Olivia McDonald II Marine Expeditionary Force

Young or old, every American remembers where they were the day our nation was attacked in 2001. Fifteen years later Americans around the world refuse to forget the after effects of that day.

U.S. Marines, distinguished guests and members of the Nashville community gathered at the city’s World War II Memorial in remembrance of Sept. 11.

“It is a day that changed our nation forever,” said Gen. Glenn Walters, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. “More than 3,000 American lives were lost that day, loved ones and family members, and we honor their memory today.”

As Marine Week Nashville comes to an end, Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Nashville came together with the Nashville community to remember how our country has changed since that fateful day.

“The fifteenth anniversary of this day serves as a somber reminder of the lives lost that day and those lost since in the battle against extremism,” said Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

Since that day, young Americans have and continue to raise their right hand and promise to defend America. It is the sacrifice of these young men and women, that Corker said is a representation of the very best our nation has to offer.

“For 15 years since, our sons and daughters have answered the call to serve and sacrifice in the defense of our freedoms,” said Walters. “Today, we honor two hard fighting Marines who answered the call, who ran to the sound of the guns. I want to thank you for your sons and daughters, past and present, who have served our great nation.”

Two wreaths were laid in honor Tennessean native Marines, Lance Cpl. Brian Montgomery and Lance Cpl. Daniel Gabriel Raney, killed in action while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“I ask you to remember the fallen and continue to honor their memory,” Walters said.

The Nashville WWII Memorial courtyard was filled with civilians and men and women in uniform to pay their respects, proving Americans have not forgotten the sacrifices made to protect the nation against its enemies.


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