Marines remember 9/11 at MCAS Miramar
3 Medal of Honor recipients attend
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SAN DIEGO - Hundreds of Marines and their families crowded into bleachers in front of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters on Wednesday night to honor not only those lost on 9/11 but those who went above and beyond the call of duty because of it.
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was the guest of honor and said he went to the Twin Towers site in New York.
"Just walking around the memorial and reading all the names … that's when it dawned on me what we were fighting for," he said.
Meyer earned the nation's highest award after repeatedly driving into an ambush in Afghanistan to rescue others. Bob Modrzejewski and Jay Vargas, both of San Diego, earned the Medal of Honor in the jungles of Vietnam. Both had nothing but praise for the young men and women in today's military.
"It's an honor to be here, to once again be with Marines," Vargas said.
The ceremony was designed to remember 9/11 but also two fallen Marines who were killed in Afghanistan last year, Lt. Col. Chris Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell. Both were killed when their base was attacked.
"We will never lose them. They will always be in our hearts. They made a difference … they made a difference," said the base commanding general Maj. Gen. Steve Busby.
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