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Military member in uniform rings a bell.

Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony

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)

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