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NAF El Centro honors those who lost their lives on 9/11

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"The emotional pain of that day still lingers with us, it is a traumatic experience most of our younger generations have ever experienced," said Commander Master Chief Eric Hubert.

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The Naval Air Facility (NAF) in El Centro held a memorial to honor the victims of 9/11.

Remembering and commemorating the lives lost almost two decades ago on 9/11. 

A day that is immortalized as a day of grieving in U.S. history. 

Naval Air Force in El Centro honored those who died by remembering all the lives lost

The emotional pain of that day still lingers with us it is a traumatic experience most of our younger generations have ever experienced, said  Commander Master Chief Eric Hubert.

NAF also made it a point to honor the first responders who died trying to save others 

“Today we mourn the 344 firefighters which included a chaplain, two parademics as well as 72 law enforcement officers killed on September 11, 2001.”

Captain Bill Perkins also made it point to find the silver lining, unity at a time of distress. 

“We celebrate our nation's strength and resilience surrounded by those who embody it and we draw inspiration from the way the nation continues to carry its torch,” said Captain Bill Perkins.  

“Our prayer remains to stand beside us and guide us through the night with a light from above.” 

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