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Beaufort honors 9/11 victims

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Marine Gunnery Sgt. Maurice Bease Marine Gunnery Sgt. Maurice Bease

About 100 people in Beaufort came to honor the victims of 9/11 with a ceremony at the Henry Chambers Waterfront Park.

Wednesday's 9/11 commemoration featured a special guest who was stationed at the Pentagon on the day 9/11 happened.

The ceremony was poignantly designed to follow the timeline of the day that changed the nation. A solo trumpeter played "Taps", at the time each plane struck the Twin Towers and the Pentagon - 8:46, 9:03 and 9:38 a.m.

 "I don't want anybody to ever forget what happened, in my lifetime, we were attacked twice, once at Pearl Harbor when I was too young to know what was going on and then in 2001," said Beaufort City Councilwoman Donnie Beer.   

"It gives us a chance to literally stop, reflect upon where we've come from, how we are closer together and how we move forward," added Beaufort Mayor Billy Kyserling.

One person who truly understands how 9/11 affected Americans is Marine Gunnery Sgt. Maurice Bease. He was stationed at the Pentagon when American Flight 77 crashed into it.

"That morning all accounts had been coming in that the first crash was an accident so to go from thinking there was a bad accident to realizing that we're under attack. There are a lot of emotions that go through you. What we need to be focusing on is us coming together as a country and overall, coming together to help ensure the safety and protection of our country," said Bease.

This is the fourth year that Beer has organized the 9/11 commemoration in Beaufort. She plans to continue it next year.

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