‘Guam will never forget’

In this file photo, U.S. Navy sailors on Guam remember the events of 9/11 with the raising of the colors and a memorial service on U.S. Naval Base Guam.

Guam is one with the nation in observing the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The date has since been declared as Patriot Day and in observance of this and following a proclamation from President Trump, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has directed all government of Guam agencies to lower the flags of the United States and Guam to half-staff.

“On September 11, 2001, the world stood still as it watched the terror that ripped
through New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. No amount of
distance could shield our island from the anguish and heartbreak of learning of these tragedies. Today, we remember and honor those we lost and the courage and
bravery of those who fought to save lives,” Governor Leon Guerrero said in her 9/11 statement.

“Our world—our lives—changed forever. September 11 is synonymous with the
deadliest terror attacks in the world; the day 2,997 souls were taken from us. But
more importantly, September 11 is now a day we reject fear and unite in hope and
love, and remember the heroes we lost and the heroes born,” said Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio.

Flags are displayed at half-staff for the entire day today. Governor Leon Guerrero and
Lieutenant Governor Tenorio are inviting interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance.

In the private sector, Jamaican Grill is continuing its annual 9/11 Memorial Commemoration Luncheon by providing free meals to local and military responders.

The 9/11 Memorial Commemoration Luncheon also seeks to remember the sacrifices that were made by the frontline of New York City’s Police and Fire Department and to give thanks to Guam’s local and military first responders for their service to the community.

The Rotary Club of Northern Guam also hosted a 9/11 Wreath Laying Ceremony at Puntan Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point) in commemoration of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance and in honor of the survivors and in remembrance of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The ceremony was held at the Rotary Club of Northern Guam Peace Memorial, Puntan Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point) in Tumon.

Commemorative wreaths were laid at the memorial and a program with Rotarians, elected officials, members of the armed forces, clergy members, Guam and federal firefighters, Guam police officers, local and federal agencies were held.

Members of the Rotary Club of Northern Guam originally designed the memorial for promoting peace and understanding and to symbolize a Rotary Peace Island on Guam to join over 100 cities and islands around the world which have memorialized their dedication to peace.

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Northern Guam Rotarians expanded the memorial to serve as a tribute to those who lost their lives. The design now incorporates the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the forests of Pennsylvania.

“We learn more every year. You meet survivors, first responders, military
and law enforcement all working together to make our island, our nation a
safer one. It’s a great feeling when you work hard to plan an event like
this important one to see the community come together to pay tribute,” said Joe Rios,
chairman of the 9/11 Wreath Laying 2019 Ceremony Committee.

The Democratic Party of Guam also issued the following statement: “Today is a solemn day for Americans everywhere, even those of us who are residents of an unincorporated territory 9,000 miles away from the sites of the single worst terrorist attacks in the nation’s history. We will never forget that thousands of our fellow countrymen and women, and people from many other nations, who were passengers on the 4 hijacked flights or worked at the terrorist targets in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. We also pay tribute to the men and woman in uniform, both in the military and civilian law enforcement, and thousands of others who have died since that day in service to our nation as defenders of the democratic ideals of peace and freedom and to prevent tragedy of that scale from ever happening again.

“We especially remember the men and women of Guam and Micronesia who have fallen in service to our country over the past 18 years and we pray with gratitude for those from our islands who stand in service to our nation and our island today. While we are grateful that a repeat of the events of 9-11 have to date been prevented, we share the concern and alarm that many Americans feel at the often confusing, chaotic, and disconcerting diplomatic and security policy as it is being conducted at the very highest levels of our national government today, including on the Korean Peninsula. We join all America in praying for stable, thoughtful, and productive foreign diplomatic and national security policy in the months and years ahead.”