Coast Guard Training Center Cape May holds 9/11 ceremony

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May News
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Members of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May stopped to remember the anniversary of the Sept., 2001 attacks by holding a brief ceremony on the parade field, Sept. 11, 2014.

The ceremony included a speech from the commanding officer, Capt. Todd Prestidge, a prayer from the chaplain, Cmdr. Christopher Fronk and a speech from Elizabeth Carson, both a Dallas, Texas native and a recruit currently in basic training, who lost an uncle in the World Trade Center that day 13 years ago.

Petty Officer 1st Class Skyler Smith, the silent drill team instructor at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., stands by the recruit drill team during the training center's ceremony remembering the 9/11 attacks, Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremony included a 21 gun salute, the laying of wreaths and speeches from the commanding officer, Capt. Todd Prestidge, as well as the chaplain, Cmdr. Christopher Fronk. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

Petty Officer 1st Class Skyler Smith, the silent drill team instructor at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., stands by the recruit drill team during the training center’s ceremony remembering the 9/11 attacks, Sept. 11, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

“It was on that day I experienced my first loss,” said Carson who explained that while she was only six-years-old at the time of the attacks, she could still feel the serious impact it had on her family as her mother first heard the news. “It was a heavy silence, and even as young as I was, I could feel the sorrow in it,” she said. Carson is part of recruit company Foxtrot 190 and is scheduled to graduate Sept. 26, 2014 and will report to her first unit, the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David, Jr. in Key West, Fla.

The ceremony featured the laying of wreaths, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

Click the photo for more from the ceremony.

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