FORT BRAGG -- One day before the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks against America, Fort Bragg held a memorial to honor the victims and heroes of September 11. Since the attacks, soldiers from Fort Bragg have been constantly deployed while fighting the War on Terror.
Fort Bragg's ceremony honoring 9/11 had a special guest, a former New York police officer who responded during the attacks on the World Trade Center.
"It was a decision to make a left instead of a right to let somebody know where i was going,” said Daniel Rodriguez. “That's actually the reason why I am here today."
Commanders at Fort Bragg say the nation found new heroes that day. Heroes like the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, firefighters, police officers and port authority officers who died trying to protect others.
The ceremony also honored the service the more than 5,000 men and women who have died while continuing the fight against terrorists.
"Today, we are honoring and remembering those true heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to save another human being," said Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, of the 18th Airborne Corps.
For each soldier, sacrifice has a face.
"I just think about all the families and I have had soldiers that worked for me that died in Afghanistan. Friends that died in Iraq and other different places supporting the fight," said Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Wright, of the 82nd Airborne.
In December, Fort Bragg will unveil an eternal flame monument at the main post parade field made from reclaimed steel of the World Trade Center.