VIRGINIA BEACH - More than 125 military personnel gathered at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story to remember the events of September 11th, 2001, 11 years to the day after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Little Creek Commanding Officer Capt. Charles Stuppard was based at the Pentagon that day. He recalled not knowing of the deliberate plane crash into the building and only learning about it from television.
Capt. Stuppard said if there was any good news on that day, it was that the jet hit the Pentagon far from the service chiefs' or the Secretary of Defense's offices.
The ceremony in the base theater included a flag passing ceremony and a solemn moment of silence.
That was just one of several commemorations held Tuesday.
In Portsmouth, Rev. John Throop told parishioners at Trinity Episcopal Church during a special service "God is always with us."
In Hampton, the city honored those who lost their lives with a Day of Remembrance and Hope. During the ceremony at Gosnold’s Hope Park, there were speakers, a presentation of the colors and special music. The names of those who died on September 11, 2001, and service members who have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were read aloud.
One of the people killed in the terror attacks was Julie Geis, the cousin of NAS Oceana's commanding officer Capt. Bob Geis.
"(She)was in the second tower. It's not only a tragedy for the nation, but it's personal as well," he told 13News.
At WVEC to discuss this weekend's Oceana Air Show, he said he thinks about her every day.
The 44-year-old from Lees Summit, Missouri was a vice president at Aon Consulting. She was in the New York offices on business that fateful day, according to .
Geis said it's an honor for servicemembers to protect this country.
"We feel it is an honor to continue to protect the nation and truly it's something we never want to forget. We want to keep our guard up and we want to make sure we continue the great relationship we have all with citizens because it's truly a team effort," he stated.
At The College of William & Mary near the Sunken Garden, the Queens' Guard posted a memorial wreath and an honor guard. The W&M Young Democrats and College Republicans worked together to place hundreds of small American flags in the garden.