By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matt Martino

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) gathered at Bremerton’s Evergreen Rotary Park, Sept. 11, to honor the memory of those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001 in the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the United Airlines flight 93 crash in Somerset County, Penn.

The ceremony was the official dedication of the Evergreen Rotary Park 9/11 Memorial to the city of Bremerton. The memorial site features two twisted steel beams from Ground Zero, limestone from the Pentagon and sand found at the crash site in Somerset County.

During the ceremony hundreds of community members and service members in uniform watched as Stennis Sailors unveiled a 9/11 memorial plaque dedicating the new memorial to the city of Bremerton and the Bremerton Police Department honor guard performed taps as Stennis Sailors stood in formation.

Stennis’ commanding officer, Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, was a guest speaker at the ceremony and discussed Stennis’ role in Operation Enduring Freedom after the 9/11 attacks, which included deploying two months early and conducting the first aircraft carrier-launched strikes against terrorist forces Afghanistan.

“We took the fight to the terrorists,” said Wettlaufer. “Strength and success emanates from our people, the men and women who volunteer, the men and women who serve our armed services, and the men and women of this community who make us unite as a whole.”

Stennis is currently undergoing a Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF).

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