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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is marking the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole, which killed 17 sailors and injured dozens of others while in port in Yemen.

A small ceremony was held Monday near a memorial to the victims at Naval Station Norfolk, where the destroyer is home ported.

Dozens of family members and friends of the victims attended the ceremony in a grove along the base’s waterfront. Many who attended say it is important that the nation doesn’t forget that there was a terrorist attack that killed Americans before the Sept. 11 attacks. Some say they fear that as time passes the nation will forget the sacrifices that were made.

Many family members cried as victims’ names were called out and the song “Taps” was played.