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Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony

Military members in uniform fold an American flag.

U.S. Air Force Honor Guardsmen assigned to the 35th Force Support Squadron, perform a flag folding ceremony during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 10, 2021. The ceremony paid special tribute to the victims and families of those lost in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Military members in uniform lower an American flag.

U.S. Air Force Honor Guardsmen assigned to the 35th Force Support Squadron, lower a U.S. flag during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 10, 2021. Airmen participated in a Patriot Day Retreat, an annual observance to remember those who were injured or died during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Military member in uniform rings a bell.

U.S. Air Force Honor Guardsmen assigned to the 35th Force Support Squadron, ring a bell to symbolize the ringing of the “last alarm” during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 10, 2021. 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 Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Military member in uniform salute to a wreath placed on the ground.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and Maj. Gen. Takahiro Kubota, 3rd Air Wing commander, salute a wreath to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 10, 2021. The ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Military member in uniform picks up a wreath.

U.S. Air Force Honor Guardsmen assigned to the 35th Force Support Squadron, prepare to set a wreath during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 10, 2021. In 2001, President Bush proclaimed Sept. 11 as Patriot Day to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Military member in uniform gives a speech at a podium.

U.S Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Edward Grant, 35th Security Forces Squadron, S-3 Operations and Training superintendent, gives a speech during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 10, 2021. A total of 576 emergency first responders passed away on Sept. 11, 2001, trying to save the lives of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

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