Saber nation remembers, honors 9/11

The 52nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard posts the flags of the United States, Germany and the Air Force during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the air park on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, September 11, 2017. Ceremonies throughout the Air Force and around the world took place to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

The 52nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard posts the flags of the United States, Germany and the Air Force during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the air park on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, September 11, 2017. Ceremonies throughout the Air Force and around the world took place to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force Col. Tad Clark, 52nd Fighter Wing vice commander, and prominent members of the local community place a flower arrangement at the 9/11 memorial at the air park on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, September 11, 2017. Ceremonies throughout the Air Force and around the world took place to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chad Warren)

U.S. Air Force Col. Tad Clark, 52nd Fighter Wing vice commander, and prominent members of the local community place a flower arrangement at the 9/11 memorial at the air park on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, September 11, 2017. Ceremonies throughout the Air Force and around the world took place to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chad Warren)

The 52nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard posts the flags of the United States, Germany and the Air Force during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the air park on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, September 11, 2017. Ceremonies throughout the Air Force and around the world took place to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

The 52nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard posts the flags of the United States, Germany and the Air Force during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the air park on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, September 11, 2017. Ceremonies throughout the Air Force and around the world took place to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

The 52nd Fighter Wing held a memorial service here Sept. 11 to honor the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania.

During the memorial ceremony, Col. Tad Clark, 52nd Fighter Wing vice commander, spoke urging Saber nation to remember those who died during the attacks.

“Today is a day to remember those that were lost and those that may have had family members and loved ones lost,” Clark said. “We remember their memories and their legacy. Those that died left a legacy for us, our nation and our allied nations to honor. Their legacy is a reminder that our greatest treasure is one another.”

Members of Saber Nation and German community leaders and a group of German fire fighters gathered to honor the 2,977 people killed during the attacks. The memorial was also to remember the sacrifice of the first responders who selflessly responded to the chaos and uncertainty that unfolded following the attacks on the WTC, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania.