WARNER ROBINS -- During a ceremony Friday recognizing the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon praised the work of America’s military during the past decade in responding to the nation’s call.
Hundreds attended the Robins Air Force Base ceremony held at the Museum of Aviation.
Army Brig. Gen. Larry Dudney was in his office fewer than 200 meters from the point where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. He was awarded two medals for his efforts to rescue colleagues in the aftermath of the attack.
He gave his remarks standing just a few feet from a flag-draped piece of the building recovered from the rubble. His talk focused on those who have served in the military since the attack, or what he called “the 911 generation.” He said 5 million Americans have served in the military in the past decade, including 3 million who have joined since the attack, knowing they could be put in harms way.
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“This generation and the service of today’s enlisted soldier, at an average age of 27, has been defined by 911 and its aftermath,” he said. “This generation has faced as much adversity as any generation before it.”
After his speech, the audience stood while Robins Honor Guard members removed the flag from the Pentagon artifact, which will go on display at the Air Force Reserve Command headquarters at Robins. The AFRC served as host of the ceremony.
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