By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

Fort Hood units across post are set to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, today.

First Army Division West is set to host an observance in front of its headquarters, beginning with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. A narrator will read a chronology of the events from that day, and the division's chief of staff, Col. John L. Smith, will give remarks.

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's Department of Ministry is hosting a Sept. 11 remembrance service at 11:30 a.m. in auditorium classrooms A and D, located above the emergency room. The guest speaker is retired chaplain and Col. Greg Schannep.

Other units, such as U.S. Army Operational Test Command, are participating in local schools' Freedom Walks. Soldiers and staff from the command will attend their adopt-a-school's walk at Rancier Middle School.

The 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team is hosting a Ceremony of Remembrance from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Ironhorse Chapel. Col. Scott Efflandt, the brigade's commander, is set to speak, and the ceremony will "commemorate the lives lost on Sept. 11 and the service members who have sacrificed pursuing peace since then," according to information from the division.

A video presentation and "where were you" call and response is planned.

Also, on Friday, the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry, is set to host a memorial unveiling at 10 a.m. The event and memorial pays tribute to the lives and service of its fallen soldiers: Staff Sgt. Kendall Thomas, Sgt. Skipper Soram, Spc. Marisol Heredia, Staff Sgt. Leroy Webster, Sgt. Christopher Kurth and Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Polk.

The unveiling is at Fort Hood's Memorial Park, which is located near the Old Post Chapel.

The 1st Cavalry is also celebrating its birthday, which is Monday, with a division run at 6 a.m. A cake cutting is scheduled for later today at Club Hood.

For more on these events, see Wednesday's Fort Hood Herald. Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at or (254) 501-7547. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary or

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