Twenty years after the Sept. 11 terror assaults, a bunch of navy members, members of the family of 9/11 victims and observers gathered in a chapel in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on the similar time the primary aircraft struck the North Tower of the World Commerce Middle to honor the just about 3,000 lives misplaced that day.
The small ceremony devoted to the lives misplaced, particularly the lives of two victims whose members of the family traveled to Guantanamo to spend the anniversary, recounted the occasions of September 11 as they occurred that morning, retelling them in small fragments interrupted solely by the one toll of a bell.
Elizabeth Berry, the sister of Capt. William “Billy” Francis Burke, Jr., gave a speech to these gathered within the chapel, describing the sacrifices her brother made that day because the chief of his fireplace division, Engine 21, in Manhattan.
Burke led his firefighters to Floor Zero after the towers had been struck, she stated. He was on the twenty seventh ground of the North Tower, making an attempt to evacuate individuals from the constructing, when the South Tower fell.
After the South Tower fell, a mayday name went out on the radio, Berry stated. Burke advised his firefighters to evacuate the constructing and get to security, however he stayed behind with two males, one in all whom was in a wheelchair and couldn’t be evacuated.
“Captain Burke saved promising on the radio to satisfy on the brig. He stated hold going, I’ll be proper behind you, however he wasn’t,” Berry stated to the group on the chapel. “I feel he knew when he stayed behind, he in all probability would die.”
As a result of he advised two firms of males to depart, all of them survived. Burke stayed behind with the 2 males till the tower collapsed. His stays had been by no means discovered, Berry stated.
Berry is one in all 5 members of the family that traveled to Guantanamo Bay this week to look at pretrial hearings in the military commission case of 5 individuals accused of plotting and executing the 9/11 assaults. The case has been in pretrial litigation since 2012 when the 5 males, who’re detained on the Guantanamo Bay jail, had been arraigned.
Berry and her husband, Paul, nonetheless hope that someday the case shall be dropped at trial and there shall be some stage of justice for her and different members of the family that survived victims of the assaults.
“I feel justice for every of us has a really completely different definition. I’ll converse for me, solely me, justice is telling the world in a trial what these terrorists did to homicide so many individuals,” Paul Berry stated. “That’s justice, and from that the decision shall be what the decision is.”
Honoring lives misplaced: The Naval base held a commemorative 9.11km run within the morning, adopted by a elevating of the flag from the Naval base headquarters with the bottom’s commanding officer and a ceremony on the base’s chapel.