Wednesday, September 10, 2014
"I expect to see maximum turnout at morning colors tomorrow at the War Memorial. While you hear this every morning, remember that tomorrow is not an ordinary day. 13 years ago, the Academy was deeply involved in the historic events of 9/11/2001. Midshipman and faculty watched the events unfold firsthand from the War Memorial. In the aftermath, the Academy’s vessels served an important role in shuttling personnel and materials between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan. Two alumni perished that day at the hands of Osama’s henchmen. I remember that day, with the flurry of government helicopters and marshaling of National Guard tanks in my neighborhood, backdropped by smoke from the damaged Pentagon. I am sure that some of you have similar memories as well. So indeed, I encourage you all to come to morning colors tomorrow".