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20th Anniversary of 9/11: Call-to-Action

Where were you?

Most of us can remember exactly where we were on 9/11. The events of that day are seared into the memories of those who responded to the scenes of the attacks. For others, watching the events of that day unfold inspired them to serve by joining the military medical field.

We want to hear your stories.

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, we will be sharing your stories across Military Health System and Defense Health Agency enterprise platforms, including on social media and health.mil. We are accepting all content—stories, photos, and videos, including raw and unedited content—from military medical service members and civilians who responded on 9/11 or who were inspired to serve in the aftermath of that tragic day in American history.

Send us your content.

Please send all content to the MHS Strat Comm Market Operations Mailbox.

9/11 Patriot Day

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We want you to share your 9/11 remembrances on social media using the hashtag: #WeRemember911

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September 11th 20th Commemoration Feature Page

The MHS will use the DOD’s 9/11 feature page on DVIDS for all of you to post their content. Share your September 11th 20th Commemoration content using the DOD tag when uploading to DVIDS and your content will appear on the feature page.

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Veteran Prosthetic

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Pentagon Scene

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9/11/2016
A fire fighter from Arlington County, Fire Department surveys the scene during rescue and recovery efforts following the deadly Sep. 11 terrorist attack in which a hijacked commercial airliner was crashed into the Pentagon. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. (U.S. Naval photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass.)

A fire fighter from Arlington County, Fire Department surveys the scene during rescue and recovery efforts following the deadly Sep. 11 terrorist attack in which a hijacked commercial airliner was crashed into the Pentagon. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass.)

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Pentagon Ruins

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9/11/2016
A section of the Pentagon lies in ruins following the deadly Sep. 11 terrorist attack in which a hijacked commercial airliner was crashed into the Pentagon. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. (U. S. Naval photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass)

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Pentagon Flag

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9/11/2016
Military Service members render honors as fire and rescue workers unfurl a huge American flag over the side of the Pentagon during rescue and recovery efforts following the Sept 11 terrorist attack. The attack came at approximately 9:40 a.m. as a hijacked commercial airliner, originating from Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport, was flown into the southern side of the building facing Route 27. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass)

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Garrison Flag at Pentagon

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The garrison flag is hung from the still smoldering Pentagon by service members and firefighters. (DoD photo)

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Former Pentagon clinic chief Talks with First Responders

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Dr. James Geiling (center), at the time an Army colonel in charge of the Pentagon's DiLorenzo Tricare Health Clinic, talks with local first responders and senior military commanders after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Former Pentagon clinic chief surveys scene at the Pentagon

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Former Pentagon clinic chief directs medical response

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Dawn S. Marvin

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National 9-11 Pentagon Memorial

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National 9-11 Pentagon Memorial (with flag)

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Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort

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Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort steams into New York City Sept. 14, 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Preston Keres)

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