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Naval Academy Hosts Day of Remembrance
Posted on: September 09, 2013 08:00 EDT by MC2 Julia Casper
U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen and sailors hosted a Day of Remembrance at the World War II Memorial and Jonas Green Park Sept. 7 commemorating the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The day started with a ceremony at the World War II Memorial with Maryland State Senator John Astle and Maryland Delegates Herb McMillian, Ron George, and Cathy Vitale in attendance. Naval Academy Public Affairs Officer Cmdr. John Schofield gave the keynote address and Senior Chaplain Capt. Michael Gore led a moment of silence in rememberance of lives lost in the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Midshipmen from the Midshipmen Action Group (MAG), members of the Naval Academy Band, and the Annapolis High School NJROTC Color Guard participated in the event.
After the ceremony, MAG members began cleaning up the grounds at the World War II Memorial and nearby Jonas Green Park as part of a community service project. More than 75 midshipmen led the way in making the community a better and cleaner place.
"September 11, 2001, is a day that I will never forget," said Midshipman 3rd Class Zachary Dannelly, MAG environmental outreach coordinator. “It was monumental to hear the government officials speak, to talk about where they were on September 11th. Their words had an impact and made me remember why I joined the military and what good I can do because of that decision.”
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance was the first project MAG coordinated for the 2014 academic year and a way to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“9/11 is the reason why I joined the military,” said Midshipman 1st Class Brian Colby, MAG president. “There is a value and responsibility that comes with being a midshipman. We are in a position where we can help others, and we have the resources to do it.”
MAG was established in 1992, and is supported by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.
“All the midshipmen I have ever worked with have a desire to come out and help,” said Miriam Stanicic, Naval Community Relations director. “They have a drive that makes them want to better their community. They want to help, and they recognize that and make it happen.”
MAG currently coordinates with community partners from the Annapolis area aiming to provide enthusiastic volunteers willing to offer their time and energy to benefit others.
"That day changed my life forever,” said Colby. “Now I just want to continue having an impact on other people’s future.”