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Photo of the Day: A U.S. Marine lays a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 observance ceremony, Sept. 11, 2011, honoring the 184 victims killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon during a terrorist attack 10 years ago. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Photo of the Day: A U.S. Marine lays a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 observance ceremony, Sept. 11, 2011, honoring the 184 victims killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon during a terrorist attack 10 years ago.
DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Jon Connor was stationed at the Pentagon, and was in the building when the plane crashed into the building on September 11th, 2001.  Hear his incredible story as he recounts his experience during that massive American tragedy that changed the country and defined a generation.

Scrambled on Sept. 11:
The voice of a Boston Center controller came across Maj. Martin Richard’s F-15 Eagle radio on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
“There’s something going on in New York,” the controller said. “I think you guys need to get back to your base.”

Scrambled on Sept. 11:

The voice of a Boston Center controller came across Maj. Martin Richard’s F-15 Eagle radio on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

“There’s something going on in New York,” the controller said. “I think you guys need to get back to your base.”

“It was an incredible thing.  It was hard to believe as an ally of the United States, it was hard to believe as a Canadian that such a large strike could be made basically in the heart of the United States,” said Canadian Col. Philip Garbutt.

A memorial flag is illuminated, Sept. 11, 2007, near the spot where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

A memorial flag is illuminated, Sept. 11, 2007, near the spot where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

“When 9/11 happened I had just transferred from USS Newport News (SSN 750) to Submarine Group Seven, Yokosuka, Japan,” said then-Senior Chief Electronics Technician Rafael Perez. “I was in the Navy Lodge with my family, and my sponsor woke me up at about 11:30 p.m. Yokosuka time and told me to turn on the TV. He told me that our country was under attack.  After that, our lives changed forever.”

“When 9/11 happened I had just transferred from USS Newport News (SSN 750) to Submarine Group Seven, Yokosuka, Japan,” said then-Senior Chief Electronics Technician Rafael Perez. “I was in the Navy Lodge with my family, and my sponsor woke me up at about 11:30 p.m. Yokosuka time and told me to turn on the TV. He told me that our country was under attack.  After that, our lives changed forever.”

As the country pauses to reflect on the terrorist attacks that happened on U.S. soil ten years ago, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife Mrs. Deborah Mullen, pay tribute to the American people and their sacrifice.

“We remember and honor the lives lost and the bravery shown,” Admiral Mullen said, highlighting the importance of staying strong and resilient as the country looks to the future.  The strength of service, resilience and dedication of the services is so important and Admiral Mullen says that the uniformed members of the armed services remind people everywhere of the power of service to others.

The Department of Defense is honoring the actions of dedication, valor, strength, service and resilience demonstrated by the American people and the Armed Forces throughout the last ten years after September 11th, 2001. Read more here.
(Photo courtesy of Navy All Hands magazine)

The Department of Defense is honoring the actions of dedication, valor, strength, service and resilience demonstrated by the American people and the Armed Forces throughout the last ten years after September 11th, 2001. Read more here.

(Photo courtesy of Navy All Hands magazine)

Zachary Laychak is pictured here with his father, David Laychak, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Laychak is now a 19-year-old college student. Read his story here.(Courtesy photo)

Zachary Laychak is pictured here with his father, David Laychak, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Laychak is now a 19-year-old college student. Read his story here.
(Courtesy photo)

Millions of people all over the world can remember the day that they heard about the terrorist attacks on American soil ten years ago, but for some, the memories hit a little closer to home.  Hear the incredible story of one Navy officer, Cdr. David Tarantino, who was at the Pentagon on 9/11.