MILILANI, HI -- Cadets of the Mililani Army JROTC Trojan Battalion participated in a 911 Remembrance Ceremony on 10 SEP 2021. Cadet Captain Breanna McDermott, Trojan S-5, Public Affairs, reads out loud the remembrance. “20 Years ago Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts against the United States. The victims of this terrible act were in airplanes, in their offices: business men and women, military and federal workers, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbors. 3,220, lives were suddenly ended by evil, launching the United States Global War on Terrorism. The unforgettable pictures of jet airliners flying into the World Trade Center’s North and South Towers, and the Pentagon, filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a wave of quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of terrorism and mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.”
C/CPT McDermott continued to read “The search for these evil people ended with the death of Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, by SEAL Team Six.
Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Diago said, “This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice for the victims of 911 and world peace. Even though I was not yet born, I will never forget this day, and I am very proud of all of our cadets that came out for today’s remembrance.
Cadet Julian Bona, C/Command Sergeant Major, said, “It is such an honor to have this ceremony; it is for our cadets to see how important this day is to our nation. It is important that we take the time to honor all the sacrifices of our citizens and military as we continue to fight evil from the world.”
Battalion Executive Officer, C/Major Leonardo Sabetta, said “This was our first opportunity as a battalion in over one year to come together as a Battalion to express our deepest sorrow for the victims and their families on 11 September 2001. With the Covid-19 and the new variant plaguing our state here in Hawaii, I just feel fortunate that we do have the Battalion together for such a special day, a day to remember that evil exists in the world, but also how our Nation came together to go and find those responsible for the attacks and hold them accountable.”