DVIDS – News – New York National Guard marks 9/11 attacks with remembrance ceremony


LATHAM, New York – Staff at the New York National Guard Headquarters marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a short ceremony held in front of a backdrop of 2,977 small American flags – one for every American who died September 11, 2001- on Friday. September 10.

The short ceremony included the national anthem, remarks by a chaplain, tap dancing and a helicopter flight as well as remarks from Army Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, Adjutant General of New York and retired Major General Joseph Taluto, adjutant general from 2006 to 2010.

Taluto was also the commander of the New York National Guard troops operating in New York after the 9/11 attacks and commanded the 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2005.

In his remarks, Shields noted that the first member of the United States Army to respond on September 11, 2001 was a New York National Guard – Technical Sgt. Jeremy Powell of the Northeast Air Defense Sector – and since that day the soldiers and airmen of the New York Army and Air National Guard have been deployed more than 25,000 times.

Thirty-eight members of the New York National Guard – 31 soldiers and seven airmen – have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.

“Throughout this day, New York National Guard soldiers and aviators visited their state armories and air bases,” Shields said. “In keeping with the tradition of the National Guard, and indeed the entire United States Army, our soldiers and airmen raced to the sound of cannons, ready and able to respond as needed.”

“Since then, a generation of our Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard, New York Naval Militia, and members of the New York Guard, and civilian employees of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs have spent their careers with war as a constant backdrop, ”added Shields.

“We have to remember September 11 because it changed us. It changed New York. It changed our condition. It changed our nation. It changed the very nature of the National Guard. It changed everything, ”said Shields.

Shields noted that National Guard soldiers, commanded by Taluto, served alongside police and firefighters in New York City to help the city recover.

Taluto, who was the deputy commander of the 42nd Infantry Division on September 11, 2001, pointed out that to young Americans, the words September 11 sound the same as “Remember Alamo” or “Remember Alamo”. Pearl Harbor”.

They know it’s important, but they don’t have the same vivid memories of those who experienced it, he said.

“I was born after Pearl Harbor,” Taluto said. “I knew it was important but I couldn’t remember it.”

“After September 11 it’s a different world for sure,” he said.

He was proud to lead the men and women of the New York National Guard who responded following the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, Taluto said.

“The task force worked wonderfully,” said Taluto, noting that these same men and women then deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“All the things the Guard has done since September 11, they have done beautifully,” said Taluto.

Date taken: 09.10.2021
Date posted: 09.10.2021 14:14
Story ID: 404908
Site: LATHAM, NY, United States
Hometown: LATHAM, NY, United States

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