NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will hold a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, noon, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Patriots Memorial located on campus at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport.
The ceremony will honor 11 fallen NWC students and alumni killed on Sept. 11, 2001: Capt. Gerald F. DeConto; Lt. Cmdr. Robert R. Elseth; Capt. Lawrence D. Getzfred; Ms. Angela Houtz; Cmdr. Patrick J. Murphy; Lt. Jonas Panik; retired Capt. Jack D. Punches, Jr.; Cmdr. Robert A. Schlegel; Cmdr. Dan F. Shanower; U.S. Army Maj. Kip Taylor; and retired Capt. John D. Yamnicky, Sr.
The ceremony will last approximately 30-45 minutes and will feature a wreath laying, music by Navy Band Northeast and remarks from NWC president Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., and guest speakers; U.S. Army Lt. Col.William Bestermann and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Don Thieme.
Bestermann, a student at NWC, was assigned to 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001 and participated in search and rescue efforts following the 9/11 attacks.
Thieme, a NWC faculty member, will reflect on his neighbor and close personal friend, Capt. DeConto, an NWC graduate killed while serving at the Pentagon’s Navy Command Center during the 9-11 attacks.
Additionally, the late Frank Hanson will be recognized for his contributions in building the Patriots Memorial, which consists of a section of limestone removed from the damaged portion of the Pentagon, located on campus at Naval Station Newport. Hanson, a local Rhode Islander who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, passed away July 27, 2013.