WASHINGTON D.C. (WEEK) – As the United States remembered the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Nearly 3,000 people died and thousands more were injured.
At this year’s wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon, a U.S. Army Sergeant and Morton native, Ethan Hatfield, was able to lay the wreath with President Donald Trump and the First Lady.
As a 20-year-old, Hatfield said he is too young to remember 9/11 firsthand, but said his role in the ceremony was humbling.
“It’s very symbolic and […] it’s the remembrance of things that have happened, and you’re paying your dedication to these people,” said Hatfield.
He went on to say previous generations motivate him in his military career.
“Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am, so I think it’s really important to pay tribute to them.”
For local youth interested in the military, Hatfield gave the advice not to give up when people tell you “no,” and to make connections with people early on.