Twenty-two service members from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard took part in a re-enlistment and promotion ceremony Friday at the September 11 Memorial and Museum as part of Fleet Week.
The event is meant to reaffirm and celebrate their commitment to military service.
Service members said having the ceremony on Memorial Day weekend at the World Trade Center made it even more special.
"This is the first time that I've seen this monument, and when I walked out of my car 30 minutes ago, I was overwhelmed," said Rear Admiral Scott A. Stearney of the U.S. Navy. "I am overwhelmed by emotion."
"It makes me feel proud of our country, my service. All the services, really," said Alejandro Diaz of the U.S. Coast Guard.
"Yes, incredible. Not anybody gets to get promoted here," said Corporal Bradley Devins of the United States Marine Corps. "It's my second Memorial Day in the military, and I feel the love from everybody."
Re-enlistees agree to additional years of military service, and some are promoted to a higher rank.