Tatiana Balaguer/U.S. Navy photos
ABOVE: Whidbey Island Naval Air Station joined Oak Harbor and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue during Colors Sept. 11 to remember the thousands of innocent victims lost seven years ago, andextend thoughts and prayers to their families and honor the heroic men and women who risked and sacrificed their lives so others might survive. At right, in remembrance of the 343 firefighters who made the supreme sacrifice while attempting to save the innocent victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Chris Hiteshew, a firefighter with Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency at NAS Whidbey Island, rang a series of the time-honored signal when a firefighter dies in the line of duty: five measured dashes, pause, then five more dashes. The ceremony took place on the base.