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Team Buckley guards World Trade Center artifacts

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colorado Army National Guardsmen line up in front of steel remnants recovered from the World Trade Center site Aug. 7, 2011. The shipment stayed overnight at Buckley AFB en route to downtown Denver, Colo. The pieces will have their final resting place at different memorials in the local metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colorado Army National Guardsmen line up in front of steel remnants recovered from the World Trade Center site Aug. 7, 2011. The shipment stayed overnight at Buckley AFB en route to downtown Denver, Colo. The pieces will have their final resting place at different memorials in the local metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colonel Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks in remembrance of  World Trade Center attacks Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, shipped here from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, are believed to be from the top five floors of the North Tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colonel Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks in remembrance of World Trade Center attacks Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, shipped here from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, are believed to be from the top five floors of the North Tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Honor guardsmen of the Colorado Army National Guard remove a flag that covered pieces of the World Trade Center Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, shipped here from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, stopped overnight at Buckley AFB en route to downtown Denver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Honor guardsmen of the Colorado Army National Guard remove a flag that covered pieces of the World Trade Center Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, shipped here from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, stopped overnight at Buckley AFB en route to downtown Denver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colonel Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks Aug. 8, 2011. In the background is a shipment of steel pieces of the World Trade Center. The pieces, shipped from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will find its way to different memorials in the Denver metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colonel Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing commander, speaks in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks Aug. 8, 2011. In the background is a shipment of steel pieces of the World Trade Center. The pieces, shipped from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will find its way to different memorials in the Denver metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colonel Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing commander, looks on pieces of the World Trade Center in remembrance here Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, believed to be from the fifth floor of the North Tower, are only a few that have been shipped from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cities and communities across the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colonel Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing commander, looks on pieces of the World Trade Center in remembrance here Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, believed to be from the fifth floor of the North Tower, are only a few that have been shipped from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cities and communities across the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colorado Army National Guardsmen remain in line after folding a flag that draped steel remnants of the World Trade Center stored here overnight Aug. 8, 2011. The steel pieces will make their way through downtown Denver before finding a final resting place in different memorials in the local metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Colorado Army National Guardsmen remain in line after folding a flag that draped steel remnants of the World Trade Center stored here overnight Aug. 8, 2011. The steel pieces will make their way through downtown Denver before finding a final resting place in different memorials in the local metro area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Sergeant Timothy Johnson, Honor Guard Operations non-commissioned officer-in-charge, right, salutes during reveille here Aug. 8 2011. Johnson was one of seven Colorado Army National Guardsmen that draped pieces of the World Trade Center with an American flag while it was stored here overnight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Sergeant Timothy Johnson, Honor Guard Operations non-commissioned officer-in-charge, right, salutes during reveille here Aug. 8 2011. Johnson was one of seven Colorado Army National Guardsmen that draped pieces of the World Trade Center with an American flag while it was stored here overnight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Soldiers of the Colorado Army National Guard salute artifacts from the World Trade Center as it is transported from Buckley AFB to downtown Denver, Colo., Aug. 8, 2011. These steel pieces, weighing more than 230,000 pounds, will be the center of memorials around the city. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Soldiers of the Colorado Army National Guard salute artifacts from the World Trade Center as it is transported from Buckley AFB to downtown Denver, Colo., Aug. 8, 2011. These steel pieces, weighing more than 230,000 pounds, will be the center of memorials around the city. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Shown are artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, weighing more than 230,000 pounds, are believed to be from the top five floors of the North Tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Shown are artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site Aug. 8, 2011. The pieces, weighing more than 230,000 pounds, are believed to be from the top five floors of the North Tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Service members of Team Buckley held a recognition ceremony displaying pieces of steel from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Aug. 8.

"This special ceremony was to honor the lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001," said Col. Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing Commander. "And for our fellow service men and women who, over the course of the last 10 years, have worked multiple tours of duty, and in some instances, have paid the ultimate price for protecting our nation from further attack."

"As you know terrorism is an increasingly dangerous threat," said Dant. "Not just to Americans, but to all civil societies that value human life and the fundamental democratic principles that we all hold so dearly."

"Ten years ago the United States was attacked by those attempting to challenge our freedom and our strengths as a nation," said Dant. "However, we have demonstrated, and will continue to demonstrate and show or commitment and vigilance both here and overseas in ensuring our country is secure."

"We are not afraid, and freedom will prevail," said Dant.

"Here at Buckley Air Force Base we are honored to be a part of this special tribute as the state of Colorado officially receives the World Trade Center artifacts," said Dant.

"Looking at those relics reminds us of an evil that was perpetrated against us," said Dant. "And with that, I would like to leave you with a thought.

"We still will not tire, we still will not falter, and we still will not fail".

These pieces will be available for public viewing at Denver's Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab and around Colorado in September.
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