Fort Jackson Soldiers Touch Lives at Pentagon during 9/11 Ceremony

By Steve Kinney

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For Specialists Josh Martin and Alex Hosay the 1st anniversary of Sept. 11 2001 will be an experience that will stay with them forever.

Both soldiers are members of the 282nd Army Band and were personally asked to perform at the Pentagon by Sgt. Maj. Of the Army Jack Tilley.

Tilley first saw their rendition of the hit song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” at the window dedication for Sergeants Major Lacey Ivory and Larry Strickland, August 30.

Tilley, who was noticeable touched by the song, arranged for the two to perform at a special ceremony held by the Army on Sept. 11 to commemorate the anniversary of one of our nations biggest tragedies.

“It was a huge honor to be part of something on 9/11, right at the site were the incident occurred,” Hosay said.

“I’m surprised that they would pick two guys from Fort Jackson, but I was definitely honored too,” Martin added.

Both soldiers have been part of the 282nd for nearly two and a half years. Hosay is a guitar player and Martin plays the saxophone. For the song Martin sings and Hosay accompanies him with guitar and sings back up.

Martin started singing for the band by a fluke accident. Once when a portion of the band was practicing he walked by singing the song they were playing. After he left the band stopped playing and one of the members ran up and told him that for now on he was going to be our singer.

Most of the songs that Martin sings for the band are country songs, which is surprising since Martin admits that he really doesn’t like country music.

Even though he may not like country music, he continues to sing and his singing continues to bring he and Hosay acclaim.

Their performance at the Pentagon was so emotional that the two have been asked to perform again, this time at the banquet for the Army Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year.

“I’m surprised at the effect that this song has had. But, when you see generals and sergeants major with tears in their eyes you know it must mean something,” Martin said.

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