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Patriot Day Retreat ceremony

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bruce Rick, the 35th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, gives opening remarks during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony marked the 19 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

The 35th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard lowers the U.S. and Japanese flags during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony marked the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

Honor Guardsmen with the 35th Force Support Squadron retire the U.S. and Japanese flags during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony marked the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Alvin Belga, the 35th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard officer in charge, stands at attention during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony marked the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

Airmen stand at parade rest during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony marked the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

A wreath is placed in honor of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony marked the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

A bell is rung to symbolize the ringing of the “last alarm” during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The “last alarm” is the firefighter’s tradition of sounding a bell at the end and beginning of a fire. It is also sounded for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, symbolizing their tasks are completed, their duties well done, and to signify they are “returning to quarters.” This is demonstrated by the sounding of three short rings, three times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform participate in an outdoor ceremony

Koku-Jieitai Maj. Gen. Takahiro Kubota, left, 3rd Air Wing commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse Friedel, right, Misawa Air Base installation commander, salute a wreath to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony marked the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Last Friday, a 9/11 Patriot Retreat Ceremony was held in memory of our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.