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In Any Clime and Place

Americans, New Zealanders pause to remember 9/11 at RWC 2011

By Lance Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez | | September 14, 2011

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Lance Cpl. Brian A. Navin, trumpet player, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, plays at the 9/11 memorial service at the St. Andrew’s on Liardet Church here on Sept. 11. The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles, were present at the memorial service.

Lance Cpl. Brian A. Navin, trumpet player, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, plays at the 9/11 memorial service at the St. Andrew’s on Liardet Church here on Sept. 11. The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles, were present at the memorial service. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark D. Gleason, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, presents the American flag to Kim Francis, pastor of the St. Andrew’s on Liardet Church, during the 9/11 Memorial Service here Sept 11. The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles, were present at the 10th anniversary memorial service.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark D. Gleason, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, presents the American flag to Kim Francis, pastor of the St. Andrew’s on Liardet Church, during the 9/11 Memorial Service here Sept 11. The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles, were present at the 10th anniversary memorial service. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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The St. Andrew’s on Liardet church here held a 9/11 memorial service for the 10th year anniversary of the attacks in New York City. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band was invited to play at the service. The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles, were present at the service as well.

The St. Andrew’s on Liardet church here held a 9/11 memorial service for the 10th year anniversary of the attacks in New York City. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band was invited to play at the service. The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles, were present at the service as well. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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A New York City police uniform was displayed at St. Andrew's on Liardet Church for the 9/11 memorial here Sept. 11. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band was invited to play at the memorial, which was also attended by the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles.

A New York City police uniform was displayed at St. Andrew's on Liardet Church for the 9/11 memorial here Sept. 11. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band was invited to play at the memorial, which was also attended by the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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The brass quartet of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band plays at the 9/11 memorial service held at the St. Andrew's on Liardet Church here Sept. 11. The American Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles were present at the memorial.

The brass quartet of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band plays at the 9/11 memorial service held at the St. Andrew's on Liardet Church here Sept. 11. The American Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, and the American rugby team, the Eagles were present at the memorial. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Isis M. Ramirez)


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NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand -- The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band played at a special memorial service for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 at St. Andrew’s on Liardet Church here, Sept. 11.

The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, David Huebner, the American rugby team, the Eagles, here to compete in the Rugby World Cup 2011, and many New Zealanders were present at the memorial.

The Eagles, in uniformity with navy blue suits with patriotic ties, filled five rows of pews to show their respect for those men and women who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

After the welcoming remarks, the audience rose for the presentation of the American and New Zealand flags, which were brought in by U.S. Marines and New Zealand fire fighters.

Once the anthems of the two countries were played, Huebner spoke on the attacks. But instead of focusing on mourning, he wanted to celebrate the healing and kindness of the nation.

“We commemorate, honor and celebrate the many people around the world working to prevent new attacks, working to confront and overcome violent ideologies, and working to address and remove the circumstances that create breeding grounds for violent extremism,” said Huebner. “We commemorate, honor and celebrate what violent extremists themselves fear most; the great human instinct for empathy, kindness and solidarity.”

Huebner went on to touch the audience with a story of a little boy who thought he could heal those hurt in 9/11 with purple flowers and replace the aircraft with cardboard airplanes he made himself.

During the service, Pastor Kim Francis recognized those who have felt the effects of the attacks of 9/11 over the past 10 years. The audience observed a moment of silence and the MARFORPAC Band finished their performance by playing Taps and Reveille.

“It was extraordinary - a huge privilege [to have the Marines here],” Francis said. “We felt really honored. (The band) played tremendously. More so, they were a tribute to the Marines.”