Schofield soldiers remember 9/11 victims

Ignacio Rosa
Ignacio Rosa
Lt. Col. Tim Walls
Lt. Col. Tim Walls

By Leland Kim - bio | email

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (KHNL) - Members of the military also took a moment to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In the aftermath, many of them chose to join the service as a reaction to what happened.

A cozy church at Schofield Barracks held a somber, low-key ceremony Friday morning. Those serving our country remembered the thousands who died eight years ago.

Some came to honor complete strangers. For others, it was a bit more personal. Ignacio Rosa was a high school sophomore in Queens back in 2001.

"In the middle of my first period class, an announcement was made that something had happened at the World Trade Center," said Rosa, a 22-year-old Army specialist. "The moment we thought it was an accident, all we had to do was look outside our window and see the towers in flames."

It was a life changing moment for him.

"You feel like an empty stomach," said Rosa. "And you know, something that's been there so long, you can't imagine it collapsing so quickly."

"Lord, we pray for our children, as they will someday lead our nation," said Lt. Col. Tim Walls, an Army chaplain, as he led the congregation in a prayer.

He was at Ground Zero following the attacks, accompanying first responders as they went through the wreckage.

"They had the dogs out looking for remains and the firemen were looking for remains," he said. "So as they would find them, we would stop and hold a memorial ceremony on the spot for those firemen and others that we found."

He helped New York City heal its shattered soul.

"I would lead the people in a prayer, the Lord's Prayer, and it was such a solemn, sacred experience," said Walls.

9/11 changed the course of history, bringing tougher anti-terrorism legislation, and broadening law enforcement powers.

"Just think about how in a matter of minutes, your whole plan for your life changes and we can't forget that," said Rosa.

And that's the message for those who perished: "never in vain, never forgotten."

Schofield Barracks held a second prayer vigil Friday afternoon. Almost 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks.