Christopher Buckley Reflects on Patriots Day

On this Patriots Day 19 years after the infamous September 11, 2001, Christopher Buckley recounts his horrific experience as a Marine in an infantry battalion in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

As he remembers that day, Buckley recalls a scene of complete pandemonium and chaos. Buckley was awoken at 3a.m. local time to loud sirens and a pounding on his barracks door. As he threw on his camouflage utilities, he peeked out into the darkness to see hundreds of his brother infantrymen already in formations marching toward the regimental armory aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Buckley looked on in shock as live ammunition was carefully counted and passed out to the various companies of his battalion, the only time he can remember this ever happening.

Just four days prior to this horrible attack on America, Buckley barely admits running into a burning building himself to save several lives from a deadly fire which resulted in him being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Heroism. “I am not even worthy of carrying the boots of people like the heroes of 9/11. These heroes, the victims and their families are constantly in my prayers nineteen years later,” Buckley emotionally reflects.

Patriot Days is a holiday observed in the United States on September 11 to commemorate the lives of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia and those who perished when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. 

Sue Baxter