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Sheppard Air Force Base Honors 9/11 Victims

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Airmen lower the American flag during a retreat ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2018. The retreat ceremony was held in remembrance of the lives lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine E. Remillard)

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Airmen render a salute during a retreat ceremony to honor the American flag and pay tribute to the heroes and victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine E. Remillard)

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Airmen wait for a retreat ceremony to begin at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2018. The retreat ceremony was held in remembrance of the lives lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine E. Remillard)

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2nd Lt. Jon Kline scans the pages of a magazine published in the first few days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks following a briefing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 11, 2018. The magazines were provided by Staff Sgt. Justin Sawyers, who held briefing about the importance of remembering the events of 9/11 and passing on memories to future generations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine E. Remillard)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Every year, people across the nation gather to honor the fallen heroes and victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.

Team Sheppard held a retreat ceremony Sept. 11, 2018 to honor the flag and remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost 17 years ago.

Additionally, Staff Sgt. Justin Sawyers, an air traffic controller here, gave a briefing about the importance of remembering the events of 9/11 and passing on memories to future generations.

As time marches on, it is important for Americans to remember our duty of paying tribute and honoring the lives lost on one of America’s darkest days.