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JBA holds 9/11 memorial service

Joint Base Andrews first responders stand in formation during the 9/11 Memorial Service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. The formations consisted of four elements to represent the four attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Joint Base Andrews first responders stand in formation during the 9/11 Memorial Service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. The formations consisted of four elements to represent the four attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Col. Andrew M. Purath, Joint Base Andrews and 11th Wing commander, speaks during the 9/11 Memorial Service on JBA, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in 2001.

Col. Andrew M. Purath, Joint Base Andrews and 11th Wing commander, speaks during the 9/11 memorial service on JBA, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jalene A. Brooks)

Members of the Oxen Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Oxen Hill, Maryland, pay respect as “Taps” plays during the 9/11 Memorial Service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Fire fighters with the OHVFD attended the ceremony after setting up the American flag between two fire trucks.

Members of the Oxen Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Oxen Hill, Maryland, pay respect as “Taps” plays during the 9/11 memorial service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Fire fighters with the OHVFD attended the ceremony after setting up the American flag between two fire trucks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jalene A. Brooks)

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Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Ramos, U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Band trumpeter, stands in reverence during the invocation at the 9/11 Memorial Service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Ramos played “To the Colors” at the beginning of the ceremony and ended the event with “Taps.”
Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Ramos, U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Band trumpeter, stands in reverence during the invocation at the 9/11 Memorial Service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Ramos played “To the Colors” at the beginning of the ceremony and ended the event with “Taps.”
Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Ramos, U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Band trumpeter, stands in reverence during the invocation at the 9/11 Memorial Service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Ramos played “To the Colors” at the beginning of the ceremony and ended the event with “Taps.”
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Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Ramos, U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Band trumpeter, stands in reverence during the invocation at the 9/11 Memorial Service on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 11, 2018. Ramos played “To the Colors” at the beginning of the ceremony and ended the event with “Taps.”
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Jalene A. Brooks
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Members of the Joint Base Andrews community paid tribute to those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a remembrance ceremony here, Sept. 11, 2018.

First responders and flight crew personnel stood in a formation of four elements representing each attack that occurred 17 years ago. Each element leader rendered a salute in succession to memorialize the 2,966 lives that were lost.

Those in attendance paid their respects with a moment of silence and a salute as Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Ramos, U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass Band trumpeter, performed “To the Colors” and “Taps.”

11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews Commander Col. Andrew M. Purath stressed the importance of sharing the story of 9/11 with generations to come.   

“Some of us here today have only experienced the events of [Sept. 11] through the lens of history,” he said. “It’s important to ensure future generations understand how that day reshaped our way of life. The cost, if we do not, is simply too high to pay.