Today, we commemorate the 19th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the deadliest terrorist attack in United States history. We join the Nation and our friends and allies around the world in mourning the loss of life that occurred on that day.
11 members of the Naval War College community were among the nearly 3,000 who died in the attacks. The 11 lost are: Capt. Gerald DeConto, 1998 graduate; Lt. Cmdr. Robert Elseth, Fleet Seminar Program; Capt. Lawrence Getzfred, 1990 graduate; Angela Houtz, Fleet Seminar Program; Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Murphy, Fleet Seminar Program; Lt. Jonas Panik, Fleet Seminar Program; retired Capt. Jack Punches, 1985 graduate; Cmdr. Robert Schlegel, Fleet Seminar Program; Cmdr. Dan Shanower, a Fleet Seminar Program; Army Lt. Col. Kip Taylor, 1998 graduate; and retired Capt. John Yamnicky Sr., 1967 graduate.
Every year, the College honors these 11 individuals with a ceremony at Patriots Memorial, near McCarty Little Hall on the NWC campus. The names of the 11 are inscribed on the memorial, which is made from a section of limestone removed from the damaged portion of the Pentagon. The memorial was dedicated in 2002.
Naval War College President Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield presided over a small ceremony at Patriots Memorial. The video can be viewed here.