Brownsville, Texas - The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 changed the course of history of the United States. They changed the lives of generations past, present and future. They also changed how travel and trade used to be and re-defined "homeland security."
Brownsville Port of Entry officers and staff gathered to commemorate this 10th anniversary of 9/11 at the Brownsville Port of Entry's Veterans' International Bridge.
Port Director Michael Freeman invited officers, staff and their families to attend this momentous anniversary observance entitled "We Will Always Remember." Brownsville CBP was joined by federal, state and local law enforcement partners at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Port Director Freeman served as the Master of Ceremonies. A combined CBP OFO-Border Patrol-Air and Marine honor guard presented the colors to open the observance. CBP Supervisor Elmer Martinez sang the national anthem as CBPO Edgar Sanchez played percussion. Katherine Freeman recited the pledge of allegiance followed by SCBPO/Chaplain Eliut Torres' invocation. A moment of silence was held at 0746 hours (CST), the precise time the first plane struck the Twin Towers in 2001. Border Patrol Agent Rick Estrada played taps following the raising of the U.S. flag to half-staff.
"This is a time to remember, a time to reflect on how we as an agency have come together for the betterment of our country. We are America's frontline defenders, we are Homeland Security," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry. Freeman went on to say, "Each day as you go about your business, remember that CBP officers have played a substantial part in keeping you and your families safe."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.