9/11 Remembrance & Statue Dedication Ceremony

September 11, 2021

The 9/11 Remembrance & Statue Dedication Ceremony had representatives from Brazos Valley veteran organizations. In addition to Detachment 1391 of the Marine Corps League, there were representatives from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Submariners, and the Vietnam Veterans. Both the Bryan and College Station fire and police departments had representatives present, along with representatives from the sheriff and constables offices. The event occurred in the College Station Veterans Park & Athletic Complex.

Prior to the start of the event, Steve Ament, Commandant of the Brazos Valley Marine Corps League, invited any remaining veterans in the audience to join the other veterans behind the podium.

SGM Perry Stephney, USA (RET.), Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Board of Directors, called the ceremony to order.

Maj. Glenn Burnside, USMC (Ret.), Chaplain of the BVVM Board of Directors and member of BVMCL, gave the invocation after the Brazos Valley Choral sang the National Anthem. LTG Paul K. Carlton, M.D., USAF (Ret.), Surgeon General of the Air Force from 1999 to 2002, gave the Keynote Address. LTG Carlton spoke of his experience helping to recover victims of the attack on the Pentagon.

The College Station Fire Department performs the 5-5-5 Bell ceremony for fallen firemen.

During the ceremony, the statues of a policeman (standing) and fireman (kneeling) were unveiled in honor of the first responders lost after entering the stricken towers. Also unveiled was a statue honoring the military members of Special Ops.
The presentation of the 9/11 Memorial as seen before people arrived. Al Diaz holds Detachment 1391 Guidon at the end of the ceremony.